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Lost Weekend (1945)

Director: Billy Wilder     Starring: Ray Milland
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40147293
UPC: 025192115325
UPC 14: 00025192115325
Rating: NR
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A new york writer hits the bottle and lands in bellevue with delirium tremens. Oscars for best picture.

"..a landmark of adult filmmaking...  Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide
"Heartrending Hollywood masterpiece...  VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever

Editor's Note
Ray Milland stars as alcoholic writer Don Birnam in Billy Wilder's first unabashedly dramatic film, and one of the first to deal in such painstaking detail with the disease of alcoholism. Don shares an apartment in New York City in the 1940s with his brother Wick (Phillip Terry) who has his hands full trying to deal with his brother's drinking problem. One night, Don encourages his brother to take his girlfriend Helen St. James (Jane Wyman) to hear some music only so that he can be out from under their watchful eyes. Taking the money left for the maid, he goes out to buy some liquor, stashing one bottle in the chandelier. When he goes to the bar the next day, Nat (Howard Da Silva), the owner berates him for treating his girlfriend badly and warns him that he's on a path toward death. Don returns to the apartment to try to work on his novel "The Bottle," but consumed by self-doubt, goes to another bar, and steals a woman's purse to buy a drink. As the weekend wears on, his spiral downward continues apace. Although dated in some respects, the film's unadorned portrait of the relentless torture that is alcoholism still packs a powerful punch thanks to Wilder's sharp script, the deep-focus camerawork of John Seitz, and a career performance by Ray Milland.

Features

Video Features DVD, Full Picture Aspect Ratio, Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, Mono Audio

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Universal
Video Release Date Release Date: 2/10/2004
Video Play Time Running Time: 101 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1945
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 21153
Video UPC UPC: 00025192115325
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: B&W

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Doris Dowling
Video Cast Info Frank Faylen
Video Cast Info Howard DaSilva
Video Cast Info Jane Wyman
Video Cast Info Philip Terry
Video Cast Info Ray Milland
Video Cast Info Charles R. Jackson - Based On Novel By
Video Cast Info Billy Wilder - Director
Video Cast Info John F. Seitz - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Miklos Rozsa - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Charles Brackett - Producer
Video Cast Info Billy Wilder - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Charles Brackett - Screenplay

Awards


Oscar (1946)
Video Award Name Ray Milland, Winner, Best Actor
Video Award Name Billy Wilder, Winner, Best Director
Video Award Name Billy Wilder, Charles Brackett, Winner, Best Screenplay
   Video Award Name John F. Seitz, Nominee, Best Black-And-White Cinematography
   Video Award Name Doane Harrison, Nominee, Best Film Editing
   Video Award Name Miklos Rozsa, Nominee, Best Musical Score, Drama Or Comedy

Cannes Film Festival (1946)
Video Award Name Ray Milland, Winner, Best Actor

Golden Globe (1946)
Video Award Name Ray Milland, Winner, Best Motion Picture Actor
Video Award Name Billy Wilder, Winner, Best Motion Picture Director

Memorable Quotes

"It shrinks my liver, doesn't it, Nat? It pickles my kidneys, yeah. But what does it do to my mind? It tosses the sandbags overboard so the balloon can soar. Suddenly I'm above the ordinary. I'm competent, supremely competent. I'm walking a tightrope over Niagara Falls. I'm one of the great ones. I'm Michelangelo, molding the beard of Moses. I'm van Gogh, painting pure sunlight. I'm Horowitz, playing the Emperor Concerto. I'm John Barrymore before the movies got him by the throat. I'm Jesse James and his two brothers----all three of 'em. I'm W. Shakespeare. And out there it's not Third Avenue any longer----it's the Nile, Nat, the Nile----and down it moves the barge of Cleopatra."----Don Birnam (Ray Milland)

"Good morning, Mary Sunshine!"----male nurse to his alcoholic patients

Professional Reviews

Premiere
"Every addiction film since has taken a page from LOST WEEKEND; if only they'd been as good." 12/01/2003 p.5

The Motion Picture Guide 10 of 10
The script by Wilder and Brackett is merciless and unrelenting but literate and even poetic in spots. Wilder's direction is excruciatingly effective in its set shots and unusual framing. And Milland's virtuoso performance as the hopeless alcoholic is startling, shocking and utterly riveting.

At-A-Glance Film Reviews 10 of 10
Billy Wilder's tragic film on alcoholism won him an Oscar, earned its star Ray Milland one, and took Best Picture to boot. Milland's masterful performance is riveting as the lead character, a man who loves to drink and gradually descends into the depths of alcoholism... it's simply heartrending to see the bottle take out the blessings of his life, one by one. The film's haunting black and white cinematography (this is one that simply could not have been done right in color) punctuate its story.

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Milland,Ray
Product attributeLabel:   Mca Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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