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“Days of Wine and Roses” Review

Days of Wine and Roses: Directed by Blake Edwards. With Jack Lemmon, Lee Remick, Charles Bickford, Jack Klugman. An alcoholic marries a young woman and systematically addicts her to booze so that they can share his “passion” together.

Released in 1962 this is another emotionally draining and realistic glimpse into the relationship between two people and the booze they mutually love and the struggles involved when only one of them sees a need to cut back or stop completely. There’s a few scenes that strike home in uncomfortable ways, the first of which was when the lead actor began slamming doors and blaming his terrible luck to have a wife that doesn’t want to drink with him because she’s still nursing a baby and doesn’t want to pass the alcohol to the kid. There’s a surprise showing of alcoholic anonymous and they never once mention the religious aspects of the service, but instead focus on the power of community, something that I think has been lost to the ravages of time, or at least aren’t as acceptable in polite company.

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