The Lost Weekend

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Released 1945

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The Lost Weekend

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Director:
Billy Wilder
Released:
1945
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The Lost Weekend is an American film released in 1945. It was directed by Billy Wilder and starred Ray Milland and Jane Wyman. The Lost Weekend is a film about alcoholism and the effect it has on the lives of the drinker and those around him. In the film, Don Birnam (Ray Milland) is a writer living in New York who struggles with alcoholism. He keeps his drinking secret from his girlfriend, Helen (Jane Wyman), but his carefully concealed life falls apart one weekend when he is planning to take a trip with Helen and his brother, Wick (Phillip Terry). Instead of going on the trip, Birnam decides to go on a four-day bender. It is while he is on this drinking binge that the audience glimpses the last six years of his life and sees how he came to be in his present state. He lies and he steals in order to fuel his habit and nearly loses everything because of his addiction to alcohol. Helen tries to help him out of the pit he has dug for himself, but it becomes clear that Birnam's "Lost Weekend", may, in fact, be is last weekend.moreless
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