Title sequence of “The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes” (dir. Billy Wilder, 1970)

One of my favorite title sequences of all time, from Billy Wilder’s much underrated late career masterpiece, The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970). It does what a good opening credits sequence should do: establish the tone of the movie. Private Life establishes the film’s melancholic undercurrent and sense of elegy right off the bat with Miklos Rozsa’s score playing over the image of disembodied hands going through a dusty chest of Dr. Watson’s possessions, all of which will be seen in the story to follow.

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