The Lost Weekend (1945)

The Lost Weekend - Critics consider this a masterpiece of serious filmmaking.

TlwOur Take: Classic drama about N.Y.C. writer struggling with alcoholism. Critics consider this a masterpiece of serious filmmaking. Still appeals to genre fans seeking gritty, character-driven fare with strong dramatic value. This is a brilliant piece of movie-making. This looks at addiction in a real way without trying to 'Hollywoodize' it. It is a pity that it did not deal with the recovery side more but little was known about it when this was made. Definitely worth seeing.

Don Birnam, long-time alcoholic, has been "on the wagon" for ten days and seems to be over the worst; but his craving has just become more insidious. Evading a country weekend planned by his brother Wick and girlfriend Helen, he begins a four-day bender. In flashbacks we see past events, all gone wrong because of the bottle. But this bout looks like being his way or the other. Written by Rod Crawford @

The unsuccessful writer Don Birnham is an alcoholic. Only his brother Wick and girlfriend Helen managed to keep him sober for 10 days and plan a little vacation on the countryside for the weekend. But Don manages to send them both away the evening before. Alone at home, without any money, he's desperate for something to drink. Written by Tom Zoerner @

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