Days Of Wine And Roses (1962)

BLAKE EDWARDS

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

USA, 1962.  Jalem Productions.  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1962.  Golden Globe Awards 1962.

Excellent examination of alcoholism is still cutting edge drama after so many years. Jack Lemmon and Lee Remick are both top-notch as a married couple who become far too dependent on booze as a way to alleviate their worries and frustrations. After they both sink to the very bottom of their addiction, Lemmon decides to clean up his act and go back to the land of the sober, while Remick feels there’s nothing worthwhile to go back to. This rift in their relationship is one of the many aspects of the disease that are examined, with Lemmon reaching the top of his dramatic possibilities in his excellent performance, and Remick superb in her most celebrated role. The outstanding screenplay was adapted from a television production that preceded the film by a year.

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