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Pour it to the brim!' - The Lost Weekend & alcoholisme in de film

A special look at Billy Wilder’s The Lost Weekend and alcoholism in film, with an introduction (in Dutch) by Eye programmer Leo van Hee, followed by a screening of The Lost Weekend. 

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“"Pour it softly, pour it gently, and pour it to the brim"(Don Birnam in The Lost Weekend)

The Lost Weekend was one of the first Hollywood films to take alcohol addiction seriously. Featuring clips from other remarkable films on the subject and a full screening of the early delirium tremens film Dream of a Rarebit Fiend (1906, 8 min), released in the Netherlands under the title 'Haarpijn' (Hair Ache), a title that says it all.

The introduction by Eye programmer Leo van Hee is followed by the screening of:

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Ray Milland was never better than as Don Birnam, a New York author struggling with a lifetime of alcoholism and a writer”s block. The film won the Grand Prix at the very first Cannes Film Festival. The Lost Weekend also garnered four Academy Awards, making it the uncontested winner of 1946: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Actor.


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Sweet & Sour: The Films of Billy Wilder

The legendary screenwriter and Hollywood director Billy Wilder was a brilliant word artist. His Oscar-winning classics are brimming with irresistible and cynical humour: incredibly funny, bold and incisive.

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