Blu-Ray Review | The Lost Weekend | 1945
Billy Wilder's The Lost Weekend is one of those Best Pictures winners that have arguably fallen into obscurity since its release. While other winners of the 1940s have enjoyed long shelf lives - Rebecca, How Green Was My Valley, Casablanca, The Best Years of Our Lives - all some of the most fondly remembered Oscar champions in history. It's interest8ing then that The Lost Weekend hasn't enjoyed the same level of cultural capital - never showing on on AFI lists or enjoying reappraisals, because it's actually a fantastic film.
In fact, it's least truthful element is Miklós Rózsa's score. Rózsa scores the film like a science fiction B movie, and although the warbling, otherworldly sounds suggest Milland's drunkeness, it almost distracts from the film's otherwise stark verisimilitude. Otherwise, the film is a harrowing, unrelentingly bleak experience, and it's easy to see why Oscar voters fell in love with it, even if it doesn't quite fit the mold of the typical Oscar winner, especially just after the end of World War II. But this thing is sharp as nails, a dark but empathetic portrayal of addiction as an all-encompassing disease that makes it nearly impossible for its victims to escape. While Kino Studio Classics' new Blu-Ray edition may be lighter on the supplements than we're used to with an Oscar winner, the new 4K scan of the film is beautiful, capturing the stark beauty of Wilder's noir-is compositions. Oscar enthusiasts and casual film fans alike - seek this one out.