Days of Wine and Roses

Jack Lemmon and Lee Remick are unforgetable-and the title tune wins an Oscar(R) in Blake Edwards’ searing, bittersweet study of an alcoholic couple on the rocks. Year: 1962 Director: Blake Edwards Starring: Jack Lemmon, Lee Remick, Charles BickfordDays of Wine and Roses is one film not to watch if you are melancholic by nature, as this tale of middle-class alcoholism rings very true. Jack Lemmon and Lee Remick are the besotted couple who find that life is not always fun when viewed through rosé-colored glasses. He’s the San Francisco business executive who marries Remick and seduces her into a cocktail culture that soon overpowers them both. It is not a pretty picture when their life shatters around them, but this film is extremely compelling for their performances. It is matched only by Billy Wilder’s Lost Weekend and the more explicit Leaving Las Vegas. This was nominated for five Academy Awards and won for the title song by Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer. Filmed by Blake Edwards in 1962, it is based on a Playhouse 90 television production from 1958, starring Cliff Robertson and Piper Laurie. –Rochelle O’Gorman

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  1. progression to destruction In classic movie, the acting and music and the story show the progression of alcoholism. It shows how two people innocently go about life and before they know it, they are in the grips of the disease. I like the depiction of how the disease of alcoholism took over Kirsten’s life. She didn’t even want to drink and did just to join in and to please her husband. In a short time, she was out of control. He had been working on it for years. Alcoholics always progress, but not at the same rate…

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