The Boxer (Sherlock Holmes vid)

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Title: The Boxer
Creator: Mary Van Deusen
Date: pre-1993 or earlier
Format: VHS
Length: 3:42
Music: The Boxer by Simon & Garfunkle
Fandom: Sherlock Holmes (Granada)
Footage: Sherlock Holmes (Granada)
URL: The Boxer at YouTube
remastered version online

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The Boxer is a VCR era fanvid edited by Mary Van Deusen set to the Granada TV series Sherlock Holmes.


My favorite of my current collection of Mary Van Deusen's Sherlock vids is The Boxer. ….When I saw her new videos for the show, they reminded me both how marvelous Jeremy Brett's Sherlock was, and how beautiful the show. The Boxer intrigued me, giving me a hint of darker element of the show, which I had not been aware of, having seen only a few shows. The vid pointed up what my renewed watching of the show confirmed: Sherlock does not always win—even if he always solves the case, it is sometimes too late to avert tragedy. Mary's vid also showcased Sherlock's ongoing struggle with his addiction to cocaine, a battle that gives an added dimension to his character. While the Simon and Garfunkel song is hardly a perfect mesh with the Sherlock world, it was a case where Mary's ironic twisting of lines which were literally inappropriate was interesting and amusing-such as her use of Sherlock's cocaine paraphernalia being displayed as "a come-on from the whores on 7th Avenue. And, of course, I loved all those shots of Sherlock looking tormented and disheveled, such a marvelous contrast with his usual slicked back, hyped up polish. The Boxer was an extremely influential vid for me. While it did not hook me on the fandom (although I think her vids would have made me a fan if I'd been uninitiated), it did take me back into the series with a new anticipation.[1]


  1. ^ Gayle F's review in Rainbow Noise #1 (1993).