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    Billy Wilder The Lost Weekend Production Archive. When Paramount's The Lost Weekend, directed by Billy Wilder from a screenplay by Wilder and Charles Brackett, opened in 1945, the film broke new ground in Hollywood and went on to win four Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Actor for Ray Milland's powerful, realistic performance as alcoholic Don Birnam, a self-tortured novelist suffering from writer's block. This unique, original Paramount production archive from the film that garnered Wilder two personal Oscars includes signed letters of congratulation from film industry figures to Wilder and Charles Brackett, signed letters to Wilder and Brackett from filmgoers who admired the film, unsigned yellow letter carbons from Wilder and Brackett, original telegrams of congratulation to Wilder and Brackett, daily production reports, documents and correspondence between Paramount and the Cannes Film Festival, test screening reports, a proposal for a new ending by Charles Jackson, Wilder's "The Case for the American Film" essay, production budget, dialogue continuity script, and other items. This extraordinary archive from one of the great American films ranges in quality from Good to Very Fine condition, with some wear, brittleness, soling, and age toning. From the Billy Wilder Archive.

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