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The Lost Weekend(1945)

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  • Superb! 5 Stars!

    • el debbo
    • 10/28/13

    Excellent acting by Ray Milland and Jane Wyman, of course, and the supporting cast was stellar, too. Howard Da Silva as the barkeep who finally asks about the "lilacs in Ohio"; Frank Faylon playing the sage male nurse to a tee...whose candor actually is going to help the freshman drunk hit bottom. And Gloria, played by Doris Dowling, with her prophetic gun-finger aimed at his head. What a movie! I can't wait to share it with other classic lovers; the script, the story, the photography were tops. You can't beat Billy Wilder.

  • Classic

    • Monica
    • 6/18/13

    Everthing about this film is perfect. The writing, location and acting. One of the best films on alcoholism every made. Even though it was made in 1945 it is still true today in 2013.

  • The Lost Weekend

    • Dashiell B.
    • 1/18/13

    The 'Best Picture' winner of '45 is loathed around the world by the Liquor Industry. The film has the audience follow in the events of an alcoholic's 48 hours of freedom. Milland won a well-deserved Oscar for his agonizing performance, great supporting work from Wyman & Da Silva. Wilder won Oscar's for directing & co-writing the screenplay with Brackett, adapting Charles R. Jackson's with maturity & intelligence to create this sometimes too-painful to watch film. A chilling drama well worth seeing. I give it a 5/5.

  • The Lost Weekend (1945)

    • Mr. Blandings
    • 10/13/11

    Ray Milland is brilliant in his frank portrayal of an alcoholic who would lie, steal, anything for his next drink. Why any sane person would drink after seeing a film like this - of seeing what addiction does to you - well, that's just it, though, isn't it? Addiction robs a person of their sanity, drains their will-power, and eliminates their control over their own life. Society needs to look on the common, everyday, legal addictions like booze, cigarettes, caffeine, etc. with the same seriousness as any drug or artificial stimulant. This is a worthwhile film that was ahead of its time and so was quite deserving of its Best Picture Oscar. Mr. Milland deserves the real credit, though, for making the whole thing work; his reaction in the horrifying scene with the bat is nothing less than chilling. Jane Wyman is also very good as the long-suffering girlfriend who drags the person she loves back from the edge. The musical score is powerful and memorable, but might have been better without the theremin. But then, as this is the "spacey" instrument's first use in a motion picture, my annoyance with any perceieved cliche overuse (in 1950s sci-fi and horror flicks) is purely retroactive and so it would be unfair to hold that against it.

  • Ray needs the Rye

    • Jeff Boston
    • 3/1/11

    Ray Milland was convincing as a writer who becomes a drinker for the same primary reason many, if not most, did before and have done so since. Such is what makes "The Lost Weekend" a timeless cautionary tale. The ending is too neat, and the acting (save Milland's magic) is atrocious for a film that won Best Picture, with as many performances fixed and unbending as the times Milland fixed himself a drink and went on a bender. Jane Wyman is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside here, but her faithful girlfriend part leaves one wondering how she garnered 4 Oscar noms later in her career, winning once (just a few years after this 1945 film). Billy Wilder was one of the greats. As the insightful face of TCM, Robert Osborne, said last night (the first time I watched this film), Milland did not think he was up to the job, but Wilder's ways brought out the demons (but he couldn't do anything with Wyman?).

  • An Alcoholic's Dark Journey

    • Bruce Reber
    • 1/31/11

    "The Lost Weekend" (1945) is a powerful, no punches pulled portrait of an alcoholic writer battling both the bottle and his own personal demons. Ray Milland gives the most impressive performance of his career as the film's subject, writer Don Birnam, who alienates everyone around him because the only thing he cares about is getting his next drink. Milland won the Oscar for Best Actor, and deservedly so. I don't think any other actor could have played the role the way he did. There are so many haunting scenes in "The Lost Weekend, but to me the one that best showed Birnam's desperation was him walking all over NYC trying to find an open pawn shop so that he could hock his typewriter for a bottle of booze. Probably the scariest two scenes were the guy in the alcoholic ward nick-named Beetle screaming(because he thought beetles were crawling all over him), and when Birnam imagines he sees the bat eating the mouse in a hole in the wall. At the end he pulls himself together and is finally able to write his book "The Bottle", because he can now write from the drunk's point of view instead of the writer's. Also one of director Billy Wilder's best efforts, "The Lost Weekend" is excellent on every level. Four Stars.

  • the lost weekend

    • axomoxa3.1414623....
    • 8/8/10

    the absolute peak of stardom in my estimation for ray milland. billy wilder, 'nuff said. every addict should see this film; i did. as a native new yorker this film could not have cast "The City" in a more depraved, cinema noir and glorious light. the "El", 3rd Ave., Belleview Psychiatric and "the heat". Along with Days of Wine and Roses,Panic in Needle Park and The Man with the Golden Arm.....truly great hardcore addiction films!

  • LOST WEEKEND

    • AMAZINGGRACE25
    • 8/4/10

    RAY MILLAND WON AN OSCAR FOR BEST ACTOR IN HIS RIVETING PERFORMANCE AS AN ALCOHLIC WRITER ON THE EDGE IN LOST WEEKEND. A TABOO SUBJECT BROUGHT TO LIFE IN THIS 1945 FILM CLASSIC. IT IS RELAVANT TODAY, AND REALLY SHOULD BE SHOWN MORE OFTEN AS A RESULT.

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