History Film / TheLostWeekend

7th May '16 2:16:47 PM gallium
Is there an issue? Send a Message


A 1944 novel by Charles R. Jackson, ''The Lost Weekend'' entered the PopCulturalOsmosis once [[TheFilmOfTheBook the film version]] was released the following year. Directed and co-written by Creator/BillyWilder and starring Ray Milland, the film won four [[UsefulNotes/AcademyAward Oscars]], including Best Picture. Music/MiklosRozsa provided the film's score, notable for its prominent use of {{Theremin}}.

to:

A 1944 novel by Charles R. Jackson, ''The Lost Weekend'' entered the PopCulturalOsmosis once [[TheFilmOfTheBook the film version]] was released the following year. Directed and co-written by Creator/BillyWilder and starring Ray Milland, Creator/RayMilland, the film won four [[UsefulNotes/AcademyAward Oscars]], including Best Picture. Music/MiklosRozsa provided the film's score, notable for its prominent use of {{Theremin}}.
6th Apr '16 3:36:19 PM eroock
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* ExtremelyShortTimespan: The title isn't random; the whole movie, minus the flashback sequence, takes place as Don goes on a bender over a long weekend, starting on Thursday afternoon.

to:

* ExtremelyShortTimespan: The title isn't random; the whole movie, minus the flashback sequence, takes place as Don goes on a bender over a long weekend, starting on Thursday afternoon.
6th Apr '16 3:32:23 PM eroock
Is there an issue? Send a Message





* FlashbackEffects: The is a blur-over effect used for Don's flashbacks.

to:

* FlashbackEffects: The There is a blur-over effect used for Don's flashbacks.



* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Gloria who lends money to Don. LoveMakesYouDumb may be the more appropriate description though.

to:

* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Gloria Gloria, who lends money to Don. LoveMakesYouDumb may be the more appropriate description though.



* LocalHangout: Nat's Bar

to:

* LocalHangout: Nat's BarBar.



* StaircaseTumble: Don loses his ballance on the stairs to Gloria's apartment and tumbled all the way falls down.
* {{Theremin}}: One of the earliest films featuring a "theremin" on the soundtrack. Miklós Rózsa used it in composing the score for the nightmare sequences.

to:

* StaircaseTumble: Don loses his ballance on the stairs to Gloria's apartment and tumbled all the way falls down.
* {{Theremin}}: One of the earliest films The first film featuring a "theremin" theremin on the soundtrack. Miklós Rózsa Music/MiklosRozsa used it in composing the score for the nightmare sequences. sequences.
6th Apr '16 3:28:00 PM eroock
Is there an issue? Send a Message


[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Lost_Weekend_3_6723.jpg]]

to:

[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Lost_Weekend_3_6723.jpg]]
org/pmwiki/pub/images/the_lost_weekend.jpg]]



A 1944 novel by Charles R. Jackson, ''The Lost Weekend'' entered the PopCulturalOsmosis once the film version was released the following year. Directed and co-written by Creator/BillyWilder and starring Ray Milland, the film won four [[UsefulNotes/AcademyAward Oscars]], including Best Picture. Music/MiklosRozsa provided the film's score, notable for its prominent use of {{Theremin}}.

to:

A 1944 novel by Charles R. Jackson, ''The Lost Weekend'' entered the PopCulturalOsmosis once [[TheFilmOfTheBook the film version version]] was released the following year. Directed and co-written by Creator/BillyWilder and starring Ray Milland, the film won four [[UsefulNotes/AcademyAward Oscars]], including Best Picture. Music/MiklosRozsa provided the film's score, notable for its prominent use of {{Theremin}}.



* BookEnds: The film opens and closes with the same shot of the Manhattan skyline.

to:

* BookEnds: BathroomStallOfOverheardInsults: Don overhears Helen's father talk unfavorable of him in the hotel lobby. Cue INeedAFreakingDrink.
* {{Bookends}}:
The film opens and closes with the same a shot of the Manhattan skyline.skyline and then pans over to Don's apartment window. The last scene is an exact reversal of that sequence.



* ColdTurkeysAreEverywhere: Don has gone to the opera. Unfortunately for him, the opera (''Theatre/LaTraviata'') has a party scene in which everyone is [[OdeToIntoxication drinking and singing about drinking]], and bottles of champagne are everywhere. He has to leave.

to:

* ColdTurkeysAreEverywhere: Don has gone to the opera. Unfortunately for him, the opera (''Theatre/LaTraviata'') has a party scene in which everyone is [[OdeToIntoxication drinking and singing about drinking]], and bottles of champagne are everywhere. everywhere.[[note]]The piece that is being sung on stage is the "Champagne Aria" from La Traviata.[[/note]] He has to leave.



* ExtremelyShortTimespan: The title isn't random; the whole movie, minus the flashback sequence, takes place as Don goes on a bender over a single weekend.

to:

* ExtremelyShortTimespan: The title isn't random; the whole movie, minus the flashback sequence, takes place as Don goes on a bender over a single weekend.long weekend, starting on Thursday afternoon.



* TheFilmOfTheBook

to:

* TheFilmOfTheBookFlashbackEffects: The is a blur-over effect used for Don's flashbacks.


Added DiffLines:

* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Gloria who lends money to Don. LoveMakesYouDumb may be the more appropriate description though.


Added DiffLines:

* InfractionDistraction: The reason why Don bought two bottles of whiskey for the weekend trip. He wants his brother to find the first one so he would give up searching for the second one.
* IrishmanAndAJew: Don's attempt to pawn his typewriter is stymied because all the city's pawnshops even the Catholic-owned ones are closed for Yom Kippur. A character explains that the Jewish pawnbrokers return the favor by staying closed on St. Patrick's Day.


Added DiffLines:

* ScareEmStraight: Though not explicitly an educational film, it depicts the protagonist's descent into alcoholism very much this way.


Added DiffLines:

* StaircaseTumble: Don loses his ballance on the stairs to Gloria's apartment and tumbled all the way falls down.
* {{Theremin}}: One of the earliest films featuring a "theremin" on the soundtrack. Miklós Rózsa used it in composing the score for the nightmare sequences.


Added DiffLines:

* UnfamiliarCeiling: Don awakes at the alcoholic ward after his StaircaseTumble, wondering where exactly he is. The first thing he sees is the unfamiliar ceiling.
2nd Feb '16 10:56:52 PM jamespolk
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Gloria, the girl at Nat's Bar who likes Don, is strongly implied to be a prostitute. She keeps meeting total strangers at Nat's for dates, and she tells Don that she broke "a business date" to see him.
* GrayRainOfDepression: It's pouring out when Don, hitting bottom, steals Helen's coat, which he pawns. For a gun.



* ISOStandardUrbanGroceries: Played with. Don gets two bottles of rye with ten dollars he stole from his brother. But he doesn't want people in the neighborhood to think that he's going out buying liquor in the morning, so he buys a few pieces of fruit to put in the top of the bag to make it look like he just went out for groceries.



* PinkElephants: A particularly terrifying use of this trope, as Don hallucinates a bat swooping in and eating a mouse in the wall.

to:

* PinkElephants: A particularly terrifying use of this trope, as Don hallucinates a bat swooping in and eating a mouse in the wall. Unlike many films, which have people seeing their Pink Elephants during their drunken binges, this one gets it right, and has Don seeing his mice and bat ''after'' his spree, when he's going through withdrawal.
31st Jan '16 8:56:20 PM Mdumas43073
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* ColdTurkeysAreEverywhere: Don has gone to the opera. Unfortunately for him, the opera (''Theatre/LaTraviata'') has a party scene in which everyone is drinking and singing an OdeToIntoxication, and bottles of champagne are everywhere. He has to leave.

to:

* ColdTurkeysAreEverywhere: Don has gone to the opera. Unfortunately for him, the opera (''Theatre/LaTraviata'') has a party scene in which everyone is [[OdeToIntoxication drinking and singing an OdeToIntoxication, about drinking]], and bottles of champagne are everywhere. He has to leave.
31st Jan '16 8:55:31 PM Mdumas43073
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* ColdTurkeysAreEverywhere: Don has gone to the opera. Unfortunately for him the opera has a party scene in which everyone is drinking and bottles of champagne are everywhere. He has to leave.

to:

* ColdTurkeysAreEverywhere: Don has gone to the opera. Unfortunately for him him, the opera (''Theatre/LaTraviata'') has a party scene in which everyone is drinking and singing an OdeToIntoxication, and bottles of champagne are everywhere. He has to leave.
31st Jan '16 8:50:43 PM Mdumas43073
Is there an issue? Send a Message


An alcoholic writer, Don Birnam (Milland), leads a tough existence in New York City. His girlfriend, Helen (Jane Wyman), is one of the few people out there who can hopefully lead him on the straight and narrow. However, Don's personal life has been at a crossroads due to his insecurities. After ditching his brother's suggestion for a weekend in the country, Don begins a long drinking binge (the titular lost weekend). Of course, the more he drinks, the closer it may be to his last one...

to:

An alcoholic writer, Don Birnam (Milland), leads a tough existence in New York City. His girlfriend, Helen (Jane Wyman), is one of the few people out there who can hopefully lead him on the straight and narrow. However, Don's personal life has been at a crossroads due to his insecurities. After ditching his brother's suggestion for a weekend in the country, Don begins a long drinking binge (the binge, the titular lost weekend)."lost weekend". Of course, the more he drinks, the closer it may be to his last one...
31st Jan '16 8:49:23 PM Mdumas43073
Is there an issue? Send a Message


An alcoholic writer, Don Birnam, leads a tough existence in New York City. His girlfriend, Helen, is one of the few people out there who can hopefully lead him on the straight and narrow. However, Don's personal life has been at a crossroads due to his insecurities. After ditching his brother's suggestion for a weekend in the country, Don begins a long drinking binge (the titular lost weekend). Of course, the more he drinks, the closer it may be to his last one...

to:

An alcoholic writer, Don Birnam, Birnam (Milland), leads a tough existence in New York City. His girlfriend, Helen, Helen (Jane Wyman), is one of the few people out there who can hopefully lead him on the straight and narrow. However, Don's personal life has been at a crossroads due to his insecurities. After ditching his brother's suggestion for a weekend in the country, Don begins a long drinking binge (the titular lost weekend). Of course, the more he drinks, the closer it may be to his last one...
31st Jan '16 8:47:48 PM Mdumas43073
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* BookEnds: The film opens and closes with the same shot of the Manhattan skyline.
This list shows the last 10 events of 32. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=Film.TheLostWeekend