The Lost Weekend

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(out of 5)


Effective look at alcoholism is one of Hollywood’s first unapologetic looks at a truly unattractive subject. ‘s performance in the lead as a perpetually drunk screenwriter with no ambitions beyond getting to his next tall drink is powerful, while  stars as the good woman who loves him but can’t do anything to help him.  It hasn’t aged exceptionally well, some of the scenes of Milland being overtaken by drunkenness are somewhat campy, but is worth checking out if only to see an early success by the legendary Billy Wilder.


Paramount Pictures

USA, 1945

Directed by Billy Wilder

Screenplay by , Billy Wilder, based on the novel by 

Cinematography by 

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by ,

Costume Design by

Film Editing by


Academy Awards:  1945

Cannes Film Festival:  1946

Golden Globe Awards:  1945


ray milland & jane wyman - the lost weekend 1945

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