Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Days of Wine and Roses
From the days of wine and roses, finally comes a night like this.
An alcoholic falls in love with and gets married to a young woman, whom he systematically addicts to booze so they can share his "passion" together.
"They are not long, the days of wine and roses:
Out of a misty dream
Our path emerges for a while, then closes
Within a dream.
– Ernest Dowson, from "Vitae Summa Brevis" (1896).
A screwball comedy in the first act, a jazzy account of addictive self-destruction in the second act, and a thought-provoking melodrama in the third act... It is somewhat justifiable that the world got extremely excited with a phenomenon like Dr. No, got disturbed by the claustrophobic dementia of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? and the Academy got touchy with a meaningful social commentary against racism and intolerance featured in To Kill a Mockingbird, but hidden beneath the shadows of…
It was in an interview with James Lipton that Jack Lemmon revealed his disease. He was addressing the host of Inside The Actors Studio and the budding actors sitting in the audience waiting on his every word, discussing the moment his character in this film, Joe Clay, stood in front of an AA meeting and stated he was an alcoholic. "Which I am incidentally" Lemmon continued. Cue stunned silence.
Taking on the role of Clay was essentially a sideways move for a man who was struggling with the bottle in his own life at the time. According to director Blake Edwards, both Lemmon and Remick were heavy drinkers, shooting many of the scenes when they were inebriated. If true, that…
"You remember how it really was? You and me and booze - a threesome." ~ Joe Clay
When this film was released, I was only eleven years old, too young to see it in the theater. However, I do recall the advertising with Jack Lemmon. It must have been on TV or a trailer I saw when watching another film. I'm also pretty sure my parents went to see this, and I know they owned a record album that had the Henry Mancini/Johnny Mercer Oscar-winning title song on it, although I don't remember if it was Andy Williams singing or Perry Como.
Jack Lemmon plays San Francisco P.R. man Joe Clay in a romance with Lee Remick as executive secretary…
I have seen many movies about addiction...but if i had to choose one that completely nails it,this would be the one..I would say it is the most harrowing depiction of alcoholism in cinema..In fact i still remember when i saw it i was left shell shocked...i could not speak once the movie got over..i had trouble finding the right words...As for Lemmon and Remick,what can i say?? Sheer masterclass of the highest latitude and the performances of their career..The Academy Retards yet again botched up!! This movie is a gut wrenching experience and makes you realize that life aint a bed of Roses!
Perhaps the best, the funniest, and the saddest film made in Hollywood about alcoholism, with towering performances from Jack Lemmon and Lee Remick.
This story had previously been filmed for television with Cliff Robertson and Piper Laurie, and it is fascinating to compare the two - obviously this one had more money to spend but both are fine films, and this story of a couple on the slide is horribly realistic, and quite shocking to watch.
Film #7 of Gustav's 10 Films Challenge
Well directed, written and amazingly well acted on Jack Lemmon's behalf, whose portrayal of Joe Clay, a married alcoholic, stands as one of the most gripping performances of a drunk. Emotionally satisfying and truly terrifying in its eloquent portrayal of the harsh realities off alcohol, Days of Wine and Roses is an entertaining, riveting and truly heartbreaking drama about two polar opposites, who meet under incidental situations and fall in love.
Lemmon's portrayal is absolutely groundbreaking in numerous ways, able to easily convey the dangerous addiction of alcoholism in a pivotal scene where his character is once again, drawn back into his dark nature. Lee Remick, as Lemmon's wife, is also great able…
I have a bit of an interesting history with trying to track this film down. Somehow, I once read (but I'm pretty sure I did not see, because I had imagined a different sort of context) Kirsten's quote, "I know how I look. This is the way I look when I'm sober. It's enough to make a person drink, wouldn't you say? You see, the world looks so dirty to me when I'm not drinking. Joe, remember Fisherman's Wharf? The water when you looked too close? That's the way the world looks to me when I'm not drinking." (I'm still not sure where I might have read it, as none of the reviews I can find of it mention this…
"It's still the same thing: dissatisfaction with what is supposed to be The American Dream."
A brilliant, uncompromising drama about a public relations man who becomes disillusioned with his work, turns to drink, and leads his wife down the alcoholic path.
Lemmon and Remick are at their acting best, and there's professional work from all quarters - direction, script and supporting roles.
The film is compelling from beginning to end, dwelling relentlessly on stark realism..
I like that Jack Lemmon goes crazy from drinking.
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Jack Lemmon is one of the greatest actors of all time and
Lee Remick keeps up with Jack. That is NOT easy to do.
Not sure if Jack Lemmon and Jack Klugman appeared on screen together before or since Days Of Wine And Roses but it was interesting to see film's Felix Ungar and TV's Oscar Madison switch personas in this film with Lemmon playing the slob and Klugman playing the neat and clean guy. It was truly ODD.
Letter Grade: B
"Don't leave me alone."
The acting in this is just superb. Jack Lemmon gives his best dramatic performance. This is the first one I've seen in his career and I'm amazed yet not surprised at how great he was. Some of his scenes when he is drunk is really just amazing. Lee Remick is just as great. Her scene near the end in the motel room is some of the best acting I've seen in along time. Both have great chemistry together as the married couple who turn to alcohol. I really enjoyed the story . I applaude it for being one of the first Hollywood films about alcohol addiction and depicting it in such a real and honest way. There really is no sugar coating in the film and these two performances are the highlight and backbone to the film.
Truly heartbreaking film about a couple who completely fall apart due to their alcoholism. Word on the street is both the leads struggled with alcohol in real life.
Nota = 6
From the NYT website:
This list is drawn from the second edition of The New York Times Guide to the…
This list was inspired by a conversation on the March 2nd/9th editions of Mark Kermode & Simon Mayo's film review, where…