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The Lost Weekend (1945) was a Drama - Film Adaptation Film directed by Billy Wilder and produced by Charles Brackett.

The film was based on the novel of the same name written by Charles R. Jackson published in 1944.

The Lost Weekend was inducted into the National Film Registry in 2011.

Academy Awards 1945 --- Ceremony Number 18 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActorRay MillandWon
Best CinematographyJohn F. SeitzNominated
Best DirectorBilly WilderWon
Best Film EditingDoane HarrisonNominated
Best Music - ScoringMiklos RozsaNominated
Best PictureParamountWon
Best WritingCharles Brackett, Billy WilderWon
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Ray Milland in The Lost Weekend (1945)

By Carol Martinheira on Mar 1, 2018 From The Old Hollywood Garden

Ray Milland in The Lost Weekend (1945) On March 1, 2018March 1, 2018 By CarolIn Uncategorized Because it?s Oscar season, I wanted to talk about one of my all-time favorite performances in the Best Actor in a Leading Role category, the wonderful Ray Milland in The Lost ... Read full article


The Lost Weekend (1945)

By Cameron on Apr 10, 2015 From The Blonde At The Film

via: http://screeninsight.blogspot.com/2012/08/the-lost-weekend-billy-wilder-1945.html ?Unless otherwise noted, all images are my own. In 1945, The New York Times critic Bosley Crowther called?The Lost Weekend?a “shatteringly realistic and morbidly fascinating film…an illustration of a d... Read full article


The Lost Weekend (1945)

By Cameron on Apr 10, 2015 From The Blonde At The Film

via: http://screeninsight.blogspot.com/2012/08/the-lost-weekend-billy-wilder-1945.html ?Unless otherwise noted, all images are my own. In 1945, The New York Times critic Bosley Crowther called?The Lost Weekend?a “shatteringly realistic and morbidly fascinating film…an illustration of a d... Read full article


The Lost Weekend

By Michael on Jan 20, 2014 From Le Mot du Cinephiliaque

The Lost Weekend (Billy Wilder, 1945) The film recounts the life of an alcoholic New York writer, Don Birnam (Ray Milland), over the last half of a six-year period, and in particular on a weekend alcoholic binge. Preparing for a weekend away, Don and his brother Wick (Philip Terry), Don canR... Read full article


The Lost Weekend (1945) (2)

By Brandy Dean on Jan 16, 2014 From Pretty Clever Films

By the time Billy Wilder won the Best Director Oscar for The Lost Weekend in 1945 he was already Hollywood elite. How else to explain how this movie was even made? Based on?Charles R. Jackson’s 1944 novel of the same title, it’s the tale of?Don Birnam, a down on his luck writer who will ... Read full article


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Quotes from

Don Birnam: Let me have one, Nat. I'm dying. Just one.


Don Birnam: I'm not a drinker;I'm a drunk.


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


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Facts about

The original novel the film is based on has the character referring to a homosexual affair, but the script was changed so that the main character was suffering from writers block.
During Don Birnam's flashback to the opera, the piece that is being sung on stage is the "Drinking Song" from La Traviata.
As well as the alcohol industry badgering Paramount Pictures into not releasing the film, the studio was also besieged by temperance groups lobbying that the film shouldn't be released, as it would only encourage drinking. It was released on a limited engagement at Billy Wilder's behest. Reviewers fell all over themselves in their praise of it, thus prompting Paramount to take the plunge and give it a wide release.
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