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…
"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…
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…
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…
Still so hard to watch as the couple spirals into a tragic oblivion
yaay, sadness. :/
Jack Lemmon is a PR man and he drinks; he meets Lee Remick (meeting cute) who doesn’t drink, but she soon does; they get married and they drink; they have a child and they drink; Lemmon’s company gives him a different account in Texas and Remick stays at home, and they drink; Remick accidentally burns her flat down, Lemmon starts to lose jobs... I think the first 90 minutes of this film is very fine, a continuation of the big emotionally fraught Hollywood melodramas of the 1950s (maybe not one of the great ones, but a very good one), but over the last 30 minutes it becomes an earnest liberal social issue film and becomes simpler and obvious. What’s the…
This is not the kind of movie I am used to from Blake Edwards. I know him for the comedic "Pink Panther" films and for his battle of the sexes movies like "Victor/Victoria" or "10," so this early drama was a bit of a surprise.
In this film, Jack Lemmon plays Joe Clay, an up-and-coming PR man at a San Francisco firm. A heavy drinker, Clay meets and eventually marries Kirsten Arnesen (Lee Remick), a secretary and a teetotaler. Joe convinces Kirsten to have a few drinks socially, but the decision eventually leads to trouble. The two of them become alcoholics, Joe's job performance and career suffer badly, and eventually he winds up in a sanitarium and joins Alcoholics Anonymous.…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Days of Wine and Roses is one of those films where we know what is going to happen to the characters, but we still cannot bear to watch it happen. You want to shout out to them not to take a drink, not to succumb to the pressure. But as they do and inevitably fall back into alcoholism, even as we are angry, we also sympathise. It is a hard film to watch because there are no easy answers and the characters cannot be honest to themselves.
Lemmon is of course great, as always. He splutters out his lines as though he is not sure personal relations is really all that he signed up for. There's a brilliantly awkward meet-the-father…
this movie proves that two top actors like Remick and Lemmon are not enough to do a splendid movie!
Athough the story is good there is not enough 'going into the characters'
Nice acting though and very good work of the camera.
Give this script into the hands of Hitchcock and you probably would have another movie - unfortunately that isn't possible anymore
obviously, quite controversial for its time, but nevertheless powerful and bold. Lemmon is sublime. Remick is something to behold. Lemmon and Remick are electric. a definite must-see for anyone who's dealt with, experienced or has been affected by addiction of some sort.
"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."
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.
Alternatives to the AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies list named by /r/truefilm's community. With notes. Inspired by Jonathan Rosenbaum's list.
The premise behind this list is to pick a favourite actor/actress and list the one film of theirs you would…