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.