The Lost Weekend (1945)

Not Rated   |    |  Drama, Film-Noir


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The desperate life of a chronic alcoholic is followed through a four-day drinking bout.


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  • "The Lost Weekend" Ray Milland, Jane Wyman 1945 Paramount / MPTV
  • Ray Milland in The Lost Weekend (1945)
  • " The Lost Weekend" Ray Milland 1945 Paramount / MPTV

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4 January 1999 | 29055
9
| Feeling thirsty? Then have a cup of tea.
Seedy bars, pawnshops, and an array of elaborate hiding places are the overriding images from this film. The Lost Weekend is a grimly realistic account of four days in the life of a chronic alcoholic, played by Ray Milland. In films of this quality one always takes away unforgettable images. The most striking is Milland's drunken efforts to remember where in his apartment the last hiding place he used is. Degraded and thoroughly beaten by his addiction, his last refuge is to try and keep it a secret from those who still love him. Billy Wilder's direction and script is brilliant - sympathetic, but unpatronising in his handling of a delicate and rarely dealt with affliction. Not until Nicolas Cage's portrayal of a man determined to drink himself to death in Leaving Las Vegas, has alcoholism been dealt with so well. Milland's performance is first rate - no hammy shlurring of words - and the atmosphere is dark and seedy like the bars he frequents. The scene where he spends several hours trying to find an open pawnshop on a public holiday is both harrowing and dazzling - it is remeniscent of the filmic image of a parched man trying to cross the desert.

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