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The Lost Weekend

Screening on Film
Directed by Billy Wilder.
With Ray Milland, Jane Wyman, Philip Terry .
US, 1945, 35mm, black & white, 101 min.
Print source: Universal

Billy Wilder's jaundiced vision of human weakness and self-victimhood reached a Gothic apogee in his celebrated ode to an alcoholic writer pulled by a downward spiraling binge into Manhattan's lower depths. Ray Milland is extraordinarily convincing as a man struggling with addiction and his inner demons in a role that earned him an Oscar for Best Actor. The Lost Weekend was reportedly inspired by Wilder's difficult collaboration with Raymond Chandler on Double Indemnity during the darkest stage of the author's chronic alcoholism. 

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