BBC's 'Sherlock' Is an Ode to Perfect Symmetry

'Sherlock' has cinematography so good, it has its own fan page.

by Beckett Mufson
21 September 2016, 1:35pm

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A new film essay pays tribute to the satisfyingly symmetrical cinematography of BBC's fan favorite, Sherlock. The show is masterfully shot, and each frame essayist Celia Gómez curates looks so good it could be hung on a wall. The show's Holmes, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, is neurotic, and cares little for others' feelings, so it's easy to imagine him ruthlessly chewing out a camera man for not lining up a shot perfectly. Some locations lend themselves to symmetry, such as the already symmetrical art gallery amd the architectural facades, but the way Sherlock's team of cinematographers capture locations like the detective's cluttered apartment is impressive. The faces of the show's devoted fanbase are its self-proclaimed "Cumberbitches," who obsess over the show's titular actor, but even the cinematography has a fan page: Get a taste of why in Gómez' video below.

See more of Celia Gómez's work on Vimeo.


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