Description - The Lost Weekend by Billy Wilder
"The Lost Weekend" swept the 1945 Academy Awards, with nominations for the Best Film Editing, Score, and Black and White Cinematography, and Oscars for Best Picture, Director, actor, and Screenplay. It also received numerous awards at the Cannes Film Festival and the Golden Globes. Based on the novel by Charles Jackson, a work that many in Hollywood had thought unfilmmable because of its relentless grimness. This was one of the first films to explore the devastating effects of alcoholism. Ray Milland was cast against type as Don Birnam, a writer plagued by depression and self-doubt who, as his alcoholism progresses, slips into a horrifying downward spiral of lying, begging, stealing, and madness. Milland's riveting performance won him an Oscar. Jane Wyman also delivers a powerful performance as his faithful girlfriend, Helen St. James, whose selfless love offers Birnam a hope of redemption. This facsimile edition of "The Lost Weekend" not only reveals the genius of the film but also illuminates how to script stands alone as a rare, wonderful piece of writing.
Jeffrey Meyers's introduction looks at the transformation from novel to film and examines Wilder and co-author Charles Brack
Buy The Lost Weekend by Billy Wilder from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.
(229mm x 152mm x 12mm)
University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Country of Publication:
Book Reviews - The Lost Weekend by Billy Wilder
Author Biography - Billy Wilder
Billy Wilder has been nominated for twenty-one Academy Awards and has won six Oscars. Jeffrey Meyers has written many books and articles on modern American, English, and European literature.