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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!
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…
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.
Worlds turn around Jack Lemmon. His performance as a white-collar alcoholic in Blake Edwards' Days of Wine and Roses is one of the great pieces of acting in the film library. He's naturally funny and believably melancholy, but he is neither a clown (à la Chaplin) or a tortured soul (like a Lester or Cassavetes kook). His acting style: Nibble, don't chew, the scene. Give the scene time to breathe. Give my character time to develop. For 2 minutes, we're delighted to be in a Jack Lemmon picture. For the next 116, we instantly forget this chameleon-like star as he goes through several phases with Prince-like dexterity: bashful teenager romancing a farm-girl from the sticks (Lee Remick), then to the…
Too cleaned-up, and the fact that the whole thing is shot like a comedy is, frankly, disturbing.
This was rough to watch. Good movie, but very difficult to watch. Lemmon and Remick were incredible, and the scariest part is how real it felt especially the greenhouse meltdown scene. Alcoholism is no joke.
Blake Edwards is mostly known for making comedies and lighter dramas, but the man did have a dark side and that is probably best represented in Days of Wine and Roses, a bleak film about a married couple's struggle with alcoholism. The film does a good job showing the slow descent from bliss to agony as the addiction becomes more consuming. Generally speaking, I think the film does a really good job portraying addiction in a way that is both terrifying and authentic, though it does verge on preachy during a stretch of the film heavily tied to Alcoholics Anonymous. Edwards' use of black-and-white really accentuates the mood and scenes are staged very well. The ultimate highlight of the film…
About addiction and the
Sad downward spiral.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Sometimes I like it when I go into a movie knowing nothing about it. I only chose this movie because it's on the AFI 100 Songs list, and it surprised me with the serious nature of the entire thing. Days of Wine and Roses starts out as essentially a bland romance film, and then subtly steers you down to path of two people ruining their lives with alcoholism. Every time Jack Lemmon is drunk it is played for light comedy until the moment it starts ruining his life. 45 minutes into the movie and its dark turn leaves you with a bad feeling in the pit of your stomach. This movie did not turn out as I expected, and that…
Nearly takes a nose dive into AA didacticism but pulls up into a satisfying conclusion
"Well, anything worth having is worth suffering for, isn't it?" - Joe Clay
Days of Wine and Roses is about a couple of alcoholics and their relationship through the years. The film was directed by Blake Edwards and the only films that I'd seen from him before this one are The Pink Panther movies. Those ones are of course crazy comedies, but this one is far from a comedy. The film is well directed and has a solid script and it has some pretty powerful scenes. Lee Remick is great in her role, playing her characters changes through the course of the film wonderfully. The always incredible Jack Lemmon plays the lead role and he is absolutely brilliant. There were…
Still so hard to watch as the couple spirals into a tragic oblivion
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