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Product Details

  • Actors: Joan Fontaine, Richard Derr, Harry Bellaver, Douglas Dick, Herbert Heyes
  • Directors: George Stevens
  • Format: Black & White, Full Screen, Original recording remastered, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Mongrel Media
  • Release Date: March 27 2012
  • ASIN: B006X0ZN62
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #48,007 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Joan Fontaine plays a famous actress who descends into alcoholism in this classic melodrama directed by George Stevens (A Place in the Sun). Ray Milland in an unofficial extension of his classic Lost Weekend role; plays a reformed drunkard who comes to Fontaine’s rescue, encouraging her to join Alcoholic Anonymous while continuing to struggle with his own demons. The two lost souls fall in love, but they refuse to endanger his marriage; no matter how strong their feeling are for each other. Teresa Wright co-stars as Milland’s wife. Costume design by legendary designer, Edith Head (Sunset Boulevard).

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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful bitter-sweet romance March 12 2012
By M. SKIADA - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
A brand new DVD of this film will be out on March 27,2012 and I eagerly await to see it, hoping it will have a much better picture quality than the bad copy I already have. The film itself is so beautiful and so realistic, it makes you enter into the lives of the heroes and share their feelings. The inspired direction of George Stevens gives this film its quaracter, poetic and everyday life at the same time. The performances by Ray Milland and Joan Fontaine are unique, touching, humorous and tender... They match so well together, their great chemistry is apparent in every scene. Ray Milland has never shown such a vulnerability, such a need for the love of a woman as in this film, probably that's why I consider it one of my most favorites.
Not the usual Hollywood happy end for this romance, though... The end is bitter-sweet , but there is still an optimistic notion, that as long as you have the knowledge of someone out there that you love and who loves you back, it's OK, you can go on living, and be happy with what you have, even though you are not allowed to be together.
This film has a very special place in my DVD collection and I highly recommend it.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Worth Seeing Jan. 8 2014
By rater25 - Published on
Format: DVD
This film is an example of the Hollywood Machine in its heyday producing a rare "offbeat" attempt at everyday realism. It is an "adult" treatment of a common but awkward and unrespectable situation. You can hear the studio execs screaming about how downbeat and unpleasant it was. It very much reminded me of “MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT” with Kim Novak and Fredric March. As a result, even when such things were somehow produced, the studio did not support them with proper publicity and they would sink fast. The fact is that this is a masterfully and imaginatively directed film with a generally good script and fine actors giving their all. It deserves to be seen, especially by those seriously interested in Hollywood films of the period. Viewers like Mr. One To Skip are exactly the type the execs always had in mind. Luckily, film makers and actors felt differently and very occasionally got to pursue their vision.

Olive’s transfer of this film is exemplary, sharp and showing strong contrast. It could pass as a BD.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The classics are the best March 1 2013
By Jan LaFata - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Great movie. Glad that you have it on DVD. It arrived fast and it has good audio and video quality to it
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Something To Skip Dec 30 2013
By Chuck Snow - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
One has to commend Olive Films for releasing neglected little gems like the Stanwyck "No Man Of Her Own" or "The Dark Mirror" starring Olivia De Havilland, but this (very) minor entry by director George Stevens just didn't cut it for me. This film, "Something To Live For", is sandwiched between his "A Place In The Sun" and "Shane", so it comes across as a minor little something the studio tossed at him to keep him from getting bored between "important" gigs, so an uninterested talent made an uninteresting movie. The film, about alcoholic lovers torn between their "illicit" romance and duty to others, simply refuses to get up and breathe, much less walk. Everything about it seems, well, listless; I could barely keep my eyes open, and mind you I usually like the work of Stevens and Fontaine. The cast tries very hard, but they got no help from their director who seems to have been catching naps behind the camera for most of the time. Also, for a romantic film to work there has to be a modicum of chemistry between the leads which is completely absent here.

There are the usual Stevens touches, like his extended dissolves that worked so well in "A Place In The Sun", that simply become meaningless here. Lots of scenes were shot through curtains and shadows for no apparent reason other than being different. Maybe Stevens hated his cast. The pacing is akin to that of a tired snail that is simply not going to make it. Was Stevens trying his hand at Neo-Realism, Hollywood style? Well, there's more action in an Antonioni movie than there is here. There are also some ludicrous elements as in the choice of theater play (about ancient Egypt!) that is supposed to launch Fontaine's character into stage stardom towards the end of the plot that seem more like a send-up than a realistic, viable vehicle - one expects the "audience" in the movie to laugh, yet they sit through it all with a straight face. What on earth were they thinking of? She was an aspiring actress, not an aspiring Opera singer. It is truly disappointing to watch so many talented people come up with such a klutzy stinker.

For far more powerful entries about characters coping with alcoholism, try "The Lost Weekend", "Smash-Up, The Story Of A Woman", or "I'll Cry Tomorrow."

Two stars for the DVD transfer that presents clean, sharp images with excellent contrast and good sound, but I would only recommend it to die-hard fans of Stevens, Fontaine, Milland or Wright, but even if your preference is romance, I would stay away from this lethal snoozer even as a rental.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
George Stevens Vehicle Dec 19 2013
By Christina Panczyk - Published on
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Ray Milland and Joan Fontaine are really great actors. I feel that Joan Fontaine is not quite convincing enough in this role as a drunk. She is such a lady. I felt that Teresa Wright gave a more convincing and powerful performance as the wife of an advertising man who is recovering alcohol and who falls in love with an alcoholic and aspiring actress, There are some strange and awkward scenes between the leads and segues. One particular scene is hearing only their voices in a darkened theatre. Or an Egyptian sculpture fading to Teresa Wright's face.

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