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The Lost Weekend Review

The throes of alcohol are a horrid sight indeed. Billy Wilder hopes to capture the brutality of addiction through The Lost Weekend. Following the gradual self-destruction of Don Birnam (Ray Milland), his friends and those around him can only watch in awe as he consumes unacceptable quantities of alcohol. Numbing his mind of various failings and misgivings, Wilder brings a flawed man to the forefront of his feature as he drinks his troubles away. Not quite knowing how to start his great novel, skipping out on a weekend away with his brother, Don spirals rather rapidly through a film that has more than a handful of issues. 

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