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The Lost Weekend

Billy Wilder's controversial Oscar winner was one of the first tales of alcoholism on screen

“It is intense, morbid -- and thrilling. Here is an intelligent dissection of one of society's most rampant evils.”Variety

Packing his suitcases for a sobering weekend away with his brother, an alcoholic New York writer (Ray Milland) seizes one last chance for one last drink. But that one drink turns into a dark and lonely journey through the depths of addiction.

In his follow-up to Double Indemnity, Billy Wilder presents another vision of a man who takes a dark turn when presented with two paths. Jane Wyman (Magnificent Obsession) stars as Don's wholesome and ever-supportive girlfriend, while Doris Dowling plays barfly and enabler, Gloria. The two contrasting women symbolise the film’s dualities of good and bad, virtue and vice. Even Don suggests there are two versions of himself.

Prior to the film's release, alcoholism had only been treated on screen as a source of comedy, and test audiences didn’t know how to act. The Lost Weekendexists today as the first film to truly deal with alcoholism as a serious and heartbreaking condition.

  • WRITER & DIRECTOR: Billy Wilder
  • Duration: 101 mins
  • Country: United States of America
  • Language: English
  • Date: 1945
  • Format: DCP, Black & White
  • Courtesy: Universal
  • Source: Universal
  • Rating: PG

Event starts
Saturday 5 January, 2019
Event Ends
Wednesday 16 January, 2019
Venue
ACMI
Venue Address
Federation Square, Flinders St
Location

Melbourne,

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