epsully’s review published on Letterboxd:
Shockingly dark and heavy but also modern take on alcoholism for 1945. The film really does show the addiction as a disease in a way that’s really only partly endorsed by society even today. That’s not to say it isn’t heavy handed at times, the score especially feels like it could have been dialed back a few dozen notches, but on the whole and for its time, a really engrossing portrayal of one man’s struggle with the nadir of his illness. Milland does great work conveying the highs and lows, and successfully makes the character both despicable and relatable. Some of the camera work also really jumped out at me, like the super close ups on the shot glass and Milland’s eye. Really enjoyed this film - one of the highlights from this era of Best Picture winners for sure.
Watched with Irene via Netflix DVD