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…
Lemmon's oscar type acting gets on your nerves and wears you down before too long. The plot is worthwhile and the musical score memorable.
Tengo unos amigos muy hijosdeputa.
Note to self: NO VER EN NAVIDAD!
Jack Lemmon and Lee Remick are perfect in this; Remick, sublime, in her second great credit for Edwards that year (EXPERIMENT IN TERROR was the other one). A terrific actress, underutilized, gone too soon. (Retrospectives welcome, programmers!)
I could almost feel the taste of gyn in my mouth, the smell of it. Disgusting. Wrecking. Unforgettable.
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..
My All-Time Favorites
From the NYT website:
This list is drawn from the second edition of The New York Times Guide to the…