The Lost Weekend ★★★★★

Most men lead lives of quiet desperation. I can't take quiet desperation!
-Don Birnam

The Lost Weekend is one of those films that makes you realize just how lazy some other directors are. Billy Wilder being one of the all time great directors is news to no one, but his skills are really on display here. His Oscar win for this film was fully deserved.

Even though this film also won Best Picture it's often overlooked (by some) as one of Wilder's best. Part of the reason is certainly his amazing filmography, but I think it's also because Lost Weekend is a very dark and depressing film.

The only thing that comes close to the directing, is the great performances by the entire cast. Everyone from Ray Milland as the alcoholic on the edge Don Birnam, to Frank Faylen as the creepiest male nurse I've ever seen in a film. The entire movie is really a tour de force in film making.

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