An impressive film tackling the very real struggles of addiction. It is neither sentimental nor preachy, and doesn't glamorise its subject. Milland gives a credible performance and Wilder is unafraid to shy away from the bleak reality and toxic relationships of those around him. This must have been a brave film for Hollywood at the time, and it still stands up today.
Another impeccable slice of vintage Hollywood from Billy Wilder. Ray Milland's insatiable alcoholic is as compelling a protagonist as ever graced cinema. The script is impeccable, acting astounding and direction innovative. Wilder's eye for shots, like the residue rings on the bar are superb. It's about time we spoke about Wilder as the very best, in the same breath as Hitchcock, Ozu, Kubrick, Antonioni, etc.
Ein eindrucksvoller, bedrückender Film, welcher den Alkoholismus wie einen unaufhaltsamen Strudel inszeniert. Die Hauptrollen sind hervorragend besetzt, in den Nebenrollen schwankt die Qualität ein wenig. Dies macht Billy Wilder mit brillianten Bildern und einem nachhaltigen Score wieder wett. 7/10
"Why does he drink and why doesn't he stop..."* "What I wanted to become and didn't."* An excellent film for what it is. Watching in these times though through the lens of a young black woman (unintended and unconsidered audience) a film of depression, narcissism, and low self-esteem, silly women and casual racism.
Reminds me a little of von Sternberg's "Blue Angel" with both showing a man mercilessly destroyed by one addiction. Gripping, really puts you in the shoes of the central character and his urgent need for that quick fix, which will override both self-respect and love. Impressively composed and acted; this movie deserves a lot more recognition than it seems to get.
Maybe the "talky" moralising gives us less of a raw personal struggle for the characters; on the other hand, by speaking in generalities the script reflects the prevalence of alcoholism as a great social problem. Plenty of sentiments ring true through old-fashioned acting.
Addiction through a 1940s production code lens. Ray Milland plays a convincing middle class drunk, thoroughly charming and articulate but equally feckless and self-destructive. Following his binge over a single weekend, the power of the film lays in scenes which show the lengths "Don" will go to fund his next drink. Fittingly even women and a brother are tertiary characters behind favored bartender "Nat".