The Lost Weekend

Don Birnam, long-time alcoholic, has been "on the wagon" for ten days and seems to be over the worst; but his craving has just become more insidious. Evading a country weekend planned by his brother Wick and girlfriend Helen, he begins a four-day bender. In flashbacks we see past events, all gone wrong because of the bottle. But this bout looks like being his last...one way or the other.

Director:
  • Billy Wilder

Stars:
Release Date: 1946-01-01
IMDb icon 7.9/10
  • Country: US
  • Language: English
  • Budget: $1,250,000
reviews
Annnora Padegs
09 April 2010 | 12:44

Still, when Wilder takes really serious topics, Dostoevsky from it turns out with the prefix "nano" (also "sunset Boulevard"). Presents the history of the sinking of the writer-the alcoholic with the decomposition of the identity for one weekend.

Overall not very cheerful, sometimes feigned movie with a rustic finish without the sparkle. It is customary to praise the game and sometimes it pretty impressive, but sometimes it on the contrary pozabavit a sense of naturalness. What missed this time Wilder (with the team), is a picture: light and texture, interior and a person. Because of this, it seems that eat a delicious cake! Why and pearls the whole movie.

Livia Annadiana
06 January 2014 | 01:02

Panoramic view the towering skyscrapers of Manhattan gradually moved on the top floor of a residential building. Two brother Vic (Phillip Terry) and don (ray Milland) Bernama packing for out of town trips on the weekend, and came to the rescue of one of the favorite they strongly support this idea. But a rosy picture stale and rotting under the toxic effects of alcohol, because the character of ray of Milland — a frustrated writer like sexually anxious teenager, in each subject sees the image of a curved, filled and so attractive...bottle of whiskey.

In the mid-forties Director Billy Wilder was somewhat apart to keep from mainstream, dedicating their films unusual for a glamorous Hollywood theme. So, in  the"Lost weekend" in 1945, the film offers an uncompromising look, as self-deception with "another drink" destroys the person to the state of contemporary post-Soviet population in Friday night.

So or otherwise, a talking about the Wilder is not possible without mention the most famous and iconic works "In the jazz only girls", "sunset Boulevard" or, at the worst, "Double castling". The glorious tradition is not passed "the Lost weekend". In released a year earlier "Double castling", Billy Wilder, in addition to directing, he pored over the script couple of the well-known author of detective Raymond Chandler. Himself the master typewriter suffered from severe alcoholism that and had a considerable influence on the formation of the image of the unkempt writer with defocused gaze that literally thrilled before-filled glass of fire. According to the assurances of the Director, "the Lost weekend" was a kind of attempt to explain the motives of Chandler himself.

However, at first the film seems like the classic division between the black and white clad available the interpretation of harmful effects of alcohol in the comical absurdity and artificiality. And rare trudnoperevarivaema musical instrument the theremin to create a creepy, pathological support, for only calls to the Association with old films about the horrors of the house with ghosts. But the apparent simplicity of the accusatory tones of a person's life who has to hide the bottle under apples catching back assorted gossip, grows stronger with the advent of good flashbacks from which is going the story of the long fall the waterfall of alcohol on the bottom of the bottle.

The planned development of the plot, competent game of light and shadows, turning the disadvantage of monochrome in the dignity, immerse the viewer in the bottom with the hero, fresh in delirium tremens, but without a truly gnawed by squirrels, but with nurses and hospital beds "special" Department. In to Canon happy end are not as the outcome of stiffly-played drama, but as a really good film, in which the seriousness of the alcoholic subjects considered not only as a good idea, but and extraordinary realizations.

"Drink almost all need, but they this is not know". The phrase, dropped by Charles Bukowski in the novel "Women," as not conformable to the epithet "the Lost weekend" as beer bar is incompatible with coded drunk. The however, most Bukowski, who strongly encouraged the principle of don Birnan with the only difference is that the last word a green snake poured on the paper lightning fast speed, the film was taste. Came taste and the National registry of films in the Library of Congress, where it rightfully included in 2011. And what, how not such an honourable achievement to rank "the Lost weekend" to the first-class pictures, which whiskey, with the years only grow stronger.

Addia Micky
14 February 2012 | 04:04

And say that you have to stop drinking
I suggest you to kill yourself (C)


Ministry of health warns — excessive alcohol consumption is harmful to your health. So why are we drinking? We after all, warn, and before my eyes the examples of their use, which is not end. Why? Because. Alcohol is immaterial scalpel of a surgeon working in hospital in which treated only one patient. The scalpel, which cut out that part of the soul (heart, memories — call wish), from you run. This is the part that you don't love yourself. It is not in the outside world (well, it too, of course, but not important), and in you. After drinking, you live with the illusion of luck and happiness you can do what you want. You don't have to put up with all those with what is not want to accept and to live by the rules established by strangers. And in there is the past. There are no mistakes committed bad deeds and imperfect good. It because of weakness, right? Probably Yes. But we are weak.

Good movie, albeit with a bad ending, which will be especially interesting to those who are in one or another close to the situation of the film.

Everything will be fine! Ever. Have someone...

Your soul will break into the sky blue door
And you know, then, that better life — death (a)

faq
How much did it cost to make The Lost Weekend?
According to various sources, the cost of producing the tv-show was at least $1,250,000.
Who is the director of the movie The Lost Weekend?
This tv-show was directed by Billy Wilder.
What is the genre of The Lost Weekend?
The tv-show belongs to the genres of Drama, Film-Noir, Oscar Winners Movies, Palme d’Or winners Movies.
Who starred in The Lost Weekend?
Many famous actors starred in this tv-show, here are the names of the most famous: Ray Milland, Jane Wyman, Phillip Terry, Howard Da Silva, Doris Dowling.
What is The Lost Weekend IMDB Ranking?
At the moment, the rating is 7.9.
When was The Lost Weekend released?
The start date for this tv-show on USA TV is 1946-01-01.