by Lisa Oldham

Photo of Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes

Hello Everyone,

In The Look of Buster Keaton, French film critic Robert Benayoun claims, "Keaton can become an obsession. You begin to see him in everything, especially in certain fascinating works of art." To back up his unusual theory, Mr. Benayoun provides several convincing examples of Keaton-esque art, including a Hawaiian mask and a Picasso painting.

Strange as it may seem, I think I know where Robert Benayoun is coming from. While I don't quite see Jeremy Brett in everything, I have run across photos and paintings which remind me of him. Often the resemblance isn't identical, and sometimes there's only a hint of Brettish style, but it's just enough to make me think of JB.

Here are some examples:

Magazine illustration of man with wireless phone


I found another photo of Mr. Fleet (from the BBC's The Vicar of Dibley page) 
which also shows a resemblance to JB:

Now, where have you "seen" JB? (Let me know!)

Until next time,


NEW! A reader's reply, inspired by this page! 

Image Credits: The images above are displayed solely for non-profit illustration and comparative purposes. Copyright ownership is neither implied nor infringement intended. Please do not copy or link to these images.

Jeremy Brett photo: Granada Television.
Marla Maples photo: Stephan Denalian, George, August 1997.
Buster Keaton photo: The Look of Buster Keaton, Robert Benayoun, St. Martin's Press, New York, 1983.
Danse a la Ville: Musee d'Orsay, Paris.
Wireless Review January 2002:  illustration by Jon Berkeley
Unknown magazine: illustration by Nick Dewar 
Stills from Good Night, and Good Luck (c) 2005, Warner Independent Pictures.
Cover from Town & Country, October 20, 1917.
Detail from painting by Morton Roberts in Life Magazine, December 22 1958 (I highly recommend this issue to any show biz buff, by the way--it's a special entertainment issue with tons of neat stuff, like the famous Richard Avedon  photos of Marilyn Monroe posing as classic movie stars.)

Originally published October 9, 2001.
Updated August 19, 2007.

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