Sherlock Holmes as Hamlet

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Robert Downey Jr., who stars in the new movie Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, is the latest actor to take on this iconic role. Guy Ritchie, the film's director, says Holmes' persona is an even divide between enigma and accessibility. WNYC's Sarah Montague traces the character's evolution and reveals how Holmes keeps changing to suit the times.

(Originally aired: December 25, 2009)

Music Playlist

  1. Main Title: "Hound of the Baskervilles"

    Artist: James Barnard
    Album: Sherlock Holmes: Classic Themes From 221B Baker Street (Television And Film Score Anthology)
    Label: Varese Sarabande
  2. The Riddle Solved

    Artist: Bruce Broughton
    Album: Sherlock Holmes: Classic Themes From 221B Baker Street (Television And Film Score Anthology)
    Label: Varese Sarabande
  3. In the Mood For Love III

    Artist: Various Artists
    Album: In the Mood for Love (2000 Film)
    Label: Higher Ovctave Om Town
  4. The Rum Waltz

    Artist: Various Artists
    Album: In Custody: A Film By Ismail Merchant
    Label: Angel Records