THE LOST WEEKEND
Ray Milland, Jane Wyman
Universal Pictures; Directed by Billy Wilder
Black and White; Not Rated; 101 minutes; 1945
This powerful drama, one of the most famous social problem pictures of all time, depicts five days in the life of Don Birnam (Ray Milland), a disillusioned writer with a serious drinking problem. Consumed with self-pity, he begins an odyssey of barroom escapades, getting progressively more drunk each day until the habit has become an addiction. The delirium tremens scenes, with their bats, white walls, and streaks of blood, still rank among the most terrifying hallucinations ever filmed.
Academy Award® Winner for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director and Best Screenplay