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Way ahead of its time,
This review is from: The Lost Weekend [DVD] (DVD)
Anyone expecting a classic black and white film to while away a pleasant Sunday afternoon should steer well clear of this film. It is astonishing given when the film was made that the studio and censor allowed it be released. Do not expect a Hollywood gloss on the painful and harrowing subject of addiction - in this instance to alcohol. If you want that, try watching instead When a Man Loves a Woman with Meg Ryan made in 1994, which covers the same topic. The treatment here is far grittier and at times the film is difficult to watch and makes for uncomfortable viewing. This is all the more surprising given that the director is Billy Wilder, who of course directed one of the all time classic comedies Some Like It Hot. In particular the scenes when the central character (played by Ray Milland) is going through withdrawal and the scenes in the hospital where he ends up for treatment. The film is clever in showing the extremes to which an addict will go to in order to hide their addiction and try to appear "normal". The scene where he buys oranges to cover the bottles of booze in his bag is an example, or hanging a bottle out of window on a piece of string. The screen play is also true to life in showing how an alcoholic cannot have just one drink, or even a couple of drinks, but "must" drink themselves into oblivion. Yes, the film is not perfect and at times it is highly stylized. The music score is also somewhat over the top at times. But, as a cinematic depiction of addiction it is almost without match.
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Initial post: 10 Jun 2012, 13:53:47 BST
Old Buff Joe says:
How dare you slag the great Miklos Rozsa nominated score. It is simply brilliant!
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