The Lost Weekend (1945)
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This is absolutely brilliant. I really love Billy Wilder, he was a man ahead of his time. Stuff like this and Ace in the Hole could have been made yesterday, still relevant, still biting and still engaging.
Another classic from Billy Wilder - it justly won a slew of Oscars but seems comparatively unknown now next to his most famous films - perhaps the subject matter puts people off, but it must be one of the great films about alcoholism alongside "Days of Wine and Roses" and "Leaving Las Vegas"; like those films it hard to watch at times as Don spirals out of control. The 'La Traviata' sequence is fantastically well done, and Wilder's bitter humour is ever present, perhaps at its bitterest here. Great.
Still effective after all these years. It's sad that nowadays this film isn't as well-known as it should be.
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This movie ranks #3 in Golden Globe Award - Best Motion Picture
This movie ranks #5 in Cannes Film Festival - Palme d'Or
This movie ranks #6 in Jennifer Eiss's 500 Essential Cult Movies
This movie ranks #19 in Academy Award - Best Picture
This movie ranks #23 in IMDb's Film-Noir Top 50
This movie ranks #46 in IMDb's 1940s Top 50
This movie ranks #104 in Emma Beare's 501 Must-See Movies
This movie ranks #111 in TSPDT's 1,000 Noir Films
This movie ranks #151 in Academy Award - Best Picture Nominees
This movie ranks #176 in Eureka!'s The Masters of Cinema Series
This movie ranks #177 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
This movie ranks #180 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #312 in David Thomson's Have You Seen?
This movie ranks #489 in Doubling the Canon
This movie ranks #501 in The New York Times's Book of Movies
This movie ranks #579 in Library of Congress's National Film Registry