1945 – The Lost Weekend

This film’s printed summary boasted of drunken hallucinations and a night in a hospital sanitarium.  I was disappointed.  There were maybe two hallucinations, and he spent one short night in the hospital.

The plot follows a recovering alcoholic whose girlfriend and brother leave him alone for a weekend.  Filmed in intense, dark lighting, Don Birnam goes from bar to bar to find his next drink, and eventually attempts suicide.  A real picker-upper from the mid-1940s.

What made the movie tolerable–if not fun–was that Steve and I purposely saved it to watch with the Cuyler and Shannon on one of their weekends at our place.  If anyone was going to appreciate an uncoordinated and eerily surreal film, it was going to be them.  And sure enough, they enjoyed it.

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