LOST WEEKEND, THE (1945) BTS with Billy Wilder


Vintage original 8 x 10″ (20 x 25 cm.) black-and-white single weight glossy silver gelatin print still photo, USA. Ray Milland, Jane Wyman, Phillip Terry, Doris Dowling, dir: Billy Wilder; Paramount. A United Press International stamp is on the verso, light crease at bottom right corner. About fine.

The rare instance in which the life of a chronic alcoholic was realistically examined — at least as far as the 1944 Motion Picture Production Code would allow. Still, even today the subject has not been approached as realistically nor as sympathetically.

Billy Wilder, here with stars Ray MIlland and Doris Dowling, wrote and directed. This is a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse of Wilder putting the actors through their paces. There were Academy Awards, including for Best Picture.

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