Golden Age of Hollywood: The Lost Weekend (1945)


Originally posted on Patryk's Film Blog:

This is probably one of the greatest and most powerful stories about alcoholism that has even been depicted. This is probably also the most moving film about any kind of addiction, and the daunting struggle to overcome it. The Lost Weekend certainly still carries an enormous message more than 65 years after its first screening.

Billy Wilder took up a really hard challenge of adapting Charles Jackson’s emotional novel in the times when film studios weren’t so keen on producing controversial pictures like this one. He wanted to show the world the disastrous effects of a drinking problem in a very graphic way. I must say that every time I watch it it still sends chills down my spine.

As we meet Don Birnam, played brilliantly by Ray Milland, he is already affected by the omnipresent power of alcohol (Rye Whiskey, to be more precise). We don’t know how long…

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