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Alcohol in Film

The Struggle (1931)

Directed by D. W. Griffith. Cast: Hal Skelly, Zita Johann, Evelyn Baldwin, Edna Hagan, Charlotte Wynters. In this, D.W. Griffith's last film, he returns to minimalist production values to tell the story of Jimmie Wilson, a hard-working American everyman who falls victim to the debilitating affliction of alcoholism. 77 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
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The Temptress (1931)

Directed by Fred Niblo. Cast: Greta Garbo (Elena), Antonio Moreno (Manuel Robledo), Marc MacDermott (M. Fontenoy), Lionel Barrymore (Canterac), Armand Kaliz (Marquis de Torre Bianca), Roy D'Arcy (Manos Duras). An unhappy wife (Elena) falls in love with a Spanish engineer (Robledo). When it is revealed that Elena is not only married, but has also been the mistress of a banker (Fontenoy), Robledo returns to South America. Years later Robledo returns to Paris and runs into Elena who does not seem to recognize him. Elena has become a pathetic drunkard who is apparently beyond Robledo's help.

The Thin Man series

Featuring the hard-drinking, urbane husband and wife detective team, Nick and Nora Charles. "The important thing is the rhythm," Nick explains to a bartender, cocktail shaker in hand. "You always have rhythm in your shaking. Now, a Manhattan you shake to fox-trot time. A Bronx, to two-step time. But a dry martini you always shake to waltz time." Nick is joined a few moments later by his wife and his wire-haired terrier. The former inquires how much he's had to drink and is told he's on his sixth martini.

The Verdict (1982)

Directed by Sidney Lumet. Cast: Paul Newman, Charlotte Rampling, Jack Warden, James Mason, Milo O'Shea. An alcoholic lawyer stumbles upon one last chance to redeem himself by taking on a controversial court case against seemingly insurmountable opposition. 129 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Tombstone (1993)

Directed by George P. Cosmatos. Cast: Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer, Michael Biehn, Powers Boothe, Robert Burke, Dana Delany, Sam Elliott, Stephen Lang, Terry O'Quinn, Joanna Pacula, Bill Paxton, Jason Priestley, Michael Rooker, Jon Tenney, Dana Wheeler-Nicholson, Billy Zane, Billy Bob Thornton, Charlton Heston, Robert Mitchum. A band of outlaws who call themselves The Cowboys are creating a path of destruction to the mining town of Tombstone.

Trois films de Prévention (France, 1918)

Directed by O'Galop. Animated film presenting the dangers of alcoholism.Watch this film online (via the Europa Film Treasures)

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