The Lost Weekend (1945)

Billy Wilder directs Ray Milland, Jane Wyman and Doris Dowling in this drama about an alcoholic writer who goes on his final bender.

All of that Wilder wit and glossy tightness but attached to a man’s descent into despair. Wilder puts his lead through through the ringer – taking in his corruption and degradation as he tries to have just one more drink. Sure the ending is a little too tidy but in the main this feels quite daring for its time.

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