The Lost Weekend

Title: The Lost Weekend
Year: 1945
Director: Billy Wilder
Writers: Charles Brackett & Billy Wilder, based on the novel by Charles R. Jackson
Starring: Ray Milland, Jane Wyman
Music: Miklós Rózsa
Distinctions: Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Actor (Milland); Oscar nominations for Best Cinematography (black-and-white), Best Score and Best Editing; currently #210 on IMDb’s Top 250
Synopsis: a drunk struggles with addiction
Length: 101 minutes
How I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix), October 2008
Subjective Rating: 5/10 (Indifferent).
Objective Rating: 5/10 (gets points for characters, dialog, pacing, acting and music) c. 2.5/4 (Okay).

The first Billy Wilder movie that I didn’t love. To be fair, I probably would have absolutely hated it if anyone else had directed. The story just isn’t interesting. I didn’t like any of the characters (although they’re effectively realized). One thing I did like: musical saw!

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2 Responses to The Lost Weekend

  1. Michelle says:

    If you like the musical saw you might like to know about the annual Musical Saw Festival in NYC: http://www.musicalsawfestival.org

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