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Lost Weekend


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  Lost Weekend   Review
Tookey's Rating
7 /10
 
Average Rating
9.50 /10
 
Starring
Ray Milland , Jane Wyman, Philip Terry
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Directed by: Billy Wilder
Written by: Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder from Brackett's novel

 
 
 
Released: 1945
   
Genre: DRAMA
   
Origin: US
   
Length: 101
 
 


 

A writer (Ray Milland) spends an alcoholic weekend.

Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Billy Wilder's gruelling drama has Oscar-nominated cinematography by John F. Seitz, fine editing by Doane Herrison, and a great score by Miklos Rozsa. Ray Milland gives a sterling performance - although it might have been better if we knew more about the reasons for the anti-hero's alcoholism. As it is, the leading character's redemption in the final reel seems a tad sudden and improbable. Among the film's incidental pleasures are its poetic evocation of 40s New York. The American liquor industry offered Paramount $5 million for the negative of the film, in order to destroy it.

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