THE LOST WEEKEND
1945, Universal, 101 min, USA, Dir: Billy Wilder

Director Billy Wilder’s experiences working with Raymond Chandler on DOUBLE INDEMNITY reportedly drew him to this hard-hitting portrait of an alcoholic on a downward spiral. Ray Milland stars as New York writer Don Birnam, whose battle with the bottle takes him from bars to pawnshops to a psychiatric ward as he hits rock bottom. Co-starring Jane Wyman and Howard Da Silva, the film won Oscars for Best Picture, Director, Actor and Adapted Screenplay (by Wilder and producer Charles Brackett).


KISS ME, STUPID
1964, Park Circus/MGM, 126 min, USA, Dir: Billy Wilder

On the way from Las Vegas to Los Angeles, big-shot lounge singer Dino (Dean Martin) becomes stranded in Climax, Nevada. When local aspiring musicians (Ray Walston and Cliff Osmond) catch word of this, they sabotage Dino’s car and attempt to provide ingratiating entertainment in the form of local bar floozy Polly the Pistol (Kim Novak). With Felicia Farr and music by Ira and George Gershwin.


ONE, TWO, THREE
1961, Park Circus/MGM, 108 min, USA, Dir: Billy Wilder

Director Billy Wilder has a field day with the mega-global-corporate ad world as James Cagney, the conservative head of Coca-Cola's West Berlin branch, goes ballistic when he finds out visiting boss's daughter Pamela Tiffin has gotten hitched to Commie activist Horst Buchholz.


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