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(aka "L'ivresse et l'amour" )


directed by George Stevens
USA 195


Something to Live For is the last of director George Stevens' "small" films, before he concentrated full-time on such... blockbusters as Shane and Giant. Joan Fontaine plays a popular actress who descends into alcoholism. Ray Milland, in an unofficial extension of his Lost Weekend role, plays a reformed drunkard who comes to Fontaine's rescue. He encourages her to join Alcoholics Anonymous--one of the first times that this organization was given any kind of screen treatment. Milland's concern strains his relationship with his wife (Teresa Wright), who doubts that Ray's interest in Fontaine is merely humanitarian. But Milland refuses to endanger his marriage no matter how strong his feelings towards Fontaine--nor how much the audience wants him to.


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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Theatrical Release: March 7th, 1952

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Runtime 1:29:15

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.51 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio Dolby Digital 1.0 (English)
Subtitles None
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Studio: Olive Films

Aspect Ratio:
Original - 1.33:1

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DVD Release Date: March 27th, 2012
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Nicely made melodrama with stalwart Milland and erratic Fontaine with sweet, but suspicious, Teresa Wright holding down the home fort. 

Standard for Olive Films this DVD is dual-layered, progressive (in the original 1.33:1 aspect ratio) and bare bones. This looks strong with some pleasing grain. There are a few frame specific speckles but contrast is strong. Upper echelon bitrate allows healthy support of the image with no appreciable noise or significant flaws. This looks very good for the SD format.

The mono sound is decent but unremarkable and there are no subtitles offered. There are no supplements and this is NOT on-tap to reach Blu-ray by Olive which is a shame because the print seems capable of supporting the bump.

Fans of the era and stars will get the most out of Something to Live For. I could watch films like this all day. Before director Stevens moved to the more fully blown cinema works - this has hints of his ambitious evolution. Everyone is super as are the 50's decor/fashion. We recommend to those less-decisive about picking this up.  

  - Gary Tooze



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