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The Lost Weekend

Billy Wilder
USA 1945 / 101’

The Lost Weekend chronicles the downfall of a man and an artist in a piercing psychological case study and a story of his struggle with addiction, weakness and peer pressure. There are no apparent easy answers: while it is alcohol that destroys a budding young writer, the film also offers an indictment of American society for its proffered image of the self-made man.

Though it is not canonical noir, it includes many of its elements, such as the gloomy outlook, an ending open to interpretation, murky hospital scenes, and DT-soaked close-ups. Even while facing stiff opposition from alcohol producers and Hollywood moguls in his production of The Lost Weekend, Wilder manages a drastic (for its time) and psychologically authentic work.

Kamila Żyto


The Academy Awards 1946 – Oscar dla najlepszego filmu, za najlepszy scenariusz, najlepszą reżyserię, najlepszą główną rolę męską / Oscar for best film, best screenplay, best director, best actor in a leading role; Złote Globy / Golden Globes 1946 – najlepszy film, najlepsza reżyseria, najlepszy aktor / best film, best director, best actor; Cannes IFF 1946 – Złota Palma, najlepszy aktor / Golden Palm, best actor

Billy Wilder

Billy Wilder, one of the most important directors in the history cinema, noted writer and producer, was born in 1906, in the town of Sucha in the Austro-Hungarian Empire (present-day Sucha Beskidzka in Poland). After studying law, he opted for a career in journalism. Moving to Berlin, he became an assistant screenwriter. Hitler’s rise to power convinced Wilder to emigrate, first to France and then the United States. Moving behind the camera, he went on to work with the brightest actors of Hollywood’s Golden Age, winning six Oscars and top awards at Cannes and Venice. Wilder passed away in 2002.


1934 Złe nasienie / Mauvaise graine / Bad Seed

1942 Major i mała / The Major and the Minor

1943 Pięć grobów na drodze do Kairu / Five Graves to Cairo

1944 Podwójne ubezpieczenie / Double Indemnity

1945 Młyny śmierci / Death Mills (dok., kr. m. / doc., short)

1945 Stracony weekend / The Lost Weekend

1948 Cesarski walc / The Emperor Waltz

1948 Sprawy zagraniczne / A Foreign Affair

1950 Bulwar Zachodzącego Słońca / Sunset Blvd.

1951 As w potrzasku / Ace in the Hole

1953 Stalag 17

1954 Sabrina

1955 Słomiany wdowiec / The Seven Year Itch

1957 W duchu St. Louis / The Spirit of St. Louis

1957 Miłość po południu / Love in the Afternoon

1957 Świadek oskarżenia / Witness for the Prosecution

1959 Pół żartem, pół serio / Some Like It Hot

1960 Garsoniera / The Apartment

1961 Raz, dwa, trzy / One, Two, Three

1963 Słodka Irma / Irma la Douce

1964 Pocałuj mnie, głuptasie / Kiss Me, Stupid

1966 Szczęście Harry’ego / The Fortune Cookie

1970 Prywatne życie Sherlocka Holmesa / The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes

1972 Avanti!

1974 Strona tytułowa / The Front Page

1978 Fedora

1981 Najlepszy kumpel / Buddy Buddy

Cast & Crew

director Billy Wilder
screenplay Billy Wilder, Charles Brackett; na podstawie powieści Charlesa R. Jacksona / based on a novel by Charles R. Jackson
cinematography John F. Seitz
editing Doane Harrison
music Miklós Rózsa
cast Ray Milland, Jane Wyman, Phillip Terry, Howard Da Silva, Doris Dowling, Frank Faylen
producer Charles Brackett
production Paramount Pictures
sales NBC Universal
source of print Filmoteka Narodowa
language English
colouration b&w