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The Lost Weekend
By Billy Wilder, Jeffrey Meyers (introduced by) and Jeffrey Meyers
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Univ of California Pr
Publication date December 1, 2000
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780520218567
ISBN-10 0520218566
Dimensions 0.50 by 5.75 by 9.25 in.
Weight 0.50 lbs.
Original list price $28.95
Other format details university press
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The Lost Weekend swept the 1945 Academy Awards, with nominations for Best Film Editing, Score, and Black and White Cinematography, and Oscars for Best Picture, Director, Actor, and Screenplay. It also received numerous awards at the Cannes Film Festival and the Golden Globes. Based on the novel by Charles Jackson, a work that many in Hollywood had thought unfilmmable because of its relentless grimness, The Lost Weekend was one of the first films to explore the devastating effects of alcoholism. Ray Milland was cast against type as Don Birnam, a writer plagued by depression and self-doubt who, as his alcoholism progresses, slips into a horrifying downward spiral of lying, begging, stealing, and madness. Milland's riveting performance won him an Oscar. Jane Wyman also delivers a powerful performance as his faithful girlfriend, Helen St. James, whose selfless love offers Birnam a hope of redemption.

This facsimile edition of The Lost Weekend not only reveals the genius of the film but also illuminates how the script stands alone as a rare, wonderful piece of writing. Jeffrey Meyers's introduction looks at the transformation from novel to film and examines Wilder and coauthor Charles Brackett's methods as collaborators. Readers will gain important insights into the craft of screenwriting, and the personality and methods of one of Hollywood's greatest directors.


Editions
Hardcover
Book cover for 9780837604305
 
from Buccaneer Books (March 1, 1993)
9781568491677 | details & prices | List price $19.95
from Bentley Pub (August 1, 1979); titled "The Lost Weekend"
9780837604305 | details & prices | List price $14.00
Paperback
Book cover for 9780307948717 Book cover for 9780520218567 Book cover for 9780815604198 Book cover for 9780881840209
 
With Blake Bailey (other contributor) | Reprint edition from Vintage Books (February 12, 2013); titled "The Lost Weekend"
9780307948717 | details & prices | 248 pages | 5.50 × 8.50 × 1.00 in. | 0.60 lbs | List price $15.00
The price comparison is for this edition
With Billy Wilder, Jeffrey Meyers | from Univ of California Pr (December 1, 2000); titled "The Lost Weekend"
9780520218567 | details & prices | 5.75 × 9.25 × 0.50 in. | 0.50 lbs | List price $28.95
About: The Lost Weekend swept the 1945 Academy Awards, with nominations for Best Film Editing, Score, and Black and White Cinematography, and Oscars for Best Picture, Director, Actor, and Screenplay.
Reprint edition from Syracuse Univ Pr (August 1, 1996); titled "The Lost Weekend"
9780815604198 | details & prices | 244 pages | 5.75 × 8.25 × 0.75 in. | 0.65 lbs | List price $19.95
About: Don Birnam is a sensitive, charming and well-read man who spends a long weekend overcome by his weakness for alcohol, evaluating his life and its meaning.
from Carroll & Graf Pub (November 1, 1983); titled "The Lost Weekend"
9780881840209 | details & prices | List price $7.95
About: The famous novel of five harrowing days in the life of an alcoholic

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