Film Reviews, Short Review

The Lost Weekend (1945)

3.5/4

The Lost Weekend isn’t quite first-rate Billy Wilder on the level of Sunset Boulevard or Double Indemnity, but it is still an absolutely fine piece of work; Ray Milland absolutely smashes his role as an alcoholic writer desperate to be alone with his bottle, fighting away nearly all who try and help him out. The cinematography isn’t quite as lurid or shadowy as other film noirs of the period, but it doesn’t need to be: Wilder, ever the sharp mind, allows his script to do the shadowing for him, giving Milland some gorgeous language to play with, as well as a variety of intriguing supporting characters. The most memorable are Bim (Frank Faylen), the nurse whom Milland wakes up to when sent to rehab, and Gloria (Doris Dowling), about as obvious a sex worker you’ll see in 1940s Hollywood. Excellent stuff.

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