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The portrayal of alcohol use in film as been a complex one through the years. At the birth of cinema it conveyed sophistication (cocktails and champaigne at the high society to-dos) and also begat the comic drunk (Charlie Chaplain departed from his tramp character to play a rich hung over fop in one short). This was only slightly curtailed during prohibition which saw the popularity of funny, a tad tipsy W.C. Fields throughout the 30′s and early 40′s and the buzzed crime-solving of Nick Charles in The Thin Man film series. Things changed with the Billy Wilder’s landmark 1945 drama The Lost Weekend. This tough look at alcohol abuse swept the Oscars. But several types hung on with James Bond’s shaken martinis and comic entertainers like Jackie Gleason, Foster Brooks, and Dean Martin all the way through to Dudley Moore in the 1981 original Arthur. But things have changed in »

- Jim Batts

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