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Lost Weekend

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  Lost Weekend   Review
Tookey's Rating
7 /10
Average Rating
9.50 /10
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

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"There is very little appreciation...of the many and subtle moods possible in drunkenness; almost no registration of the workings of the several minds inside a drinker's brain; hardly a trace of the narcissism and self-deceit which are so indispensable or of the self-loathing and self-pity which are so invariable; hardly a hint, except through abrupt action, of the desperation of thirst; no hint at all of the many colorings possible in the desperation. The hangovers lack the weakness, sickness, and horrible distortions of time-sense which they need."
(James Agee)
"It's not a very likeable film, charting as it does the physical and spiritual collapse of a human being. Milland is brilliant, at once charming and pathetic and he is well supported by a fine cast, the use of New York backgrounds and a literate version of Charles Jackson's novel."
(NFT Bulletin, 1975)

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