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Billy Wilder United States, 1945

The Tsundokuist's rating of the film The Lost Weekend

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".