To follow up on our conversation with David Sheff and William C. Moyers, for Screen Time this week Kerri and Stephanie discuss movies about addiction and recovery.
LEARN MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM IN FILM:
• "Days of Wine and Roses"
"'Days of Wine and Roses' is the quintessential piece of cinema for warning people of the dangers of alcoholism. It's often loaned from person to person in Alcoholics Anonymous meetings all over, and is suggested viewing in many other programs designed for recovering alcoholics. The film centers on Joe Clay, who meets and falls in love with Kirsten Arnesen, a bright, non-drinking secretary. They marry, conceive a child and make a home for themselves. It's then that Joe introduces Kirsten to social drinking and its pleasures. Reluctant at first, after her first few Brandy Alexanders, she admits that having a drink 'made me feel good.' Joe slowly goes from the 'two-martini lunch' to alcoholism and in due time both succumb to the pleasures and pain of alcohol addiction." (Flavorwire)
• "When a Man Loves a Woman"
• "The Lost Weekend"