Why Booze Movies?

>> Wednesday, December 27, 2006


Throughout film history, alcohol has been at the forefront.

Silent movies used liquor to teach cautionary lessons and to generate belly laughs with drunken slapstick.

As sound entered the picture, bootleg booze fueled gangster films and champagne supplied the fizz for screwball comedies.

Soon rotgut swilling private eyes and whiskey swigging cowboys were the rage, followed by cocktail-sipping swingers and spies.

Finally, as Hollywood moved away from the studio system and the production code that governed it, antiheroes and subversive comedians tested the limits of drunken misconduct.

There are a lot of films to cover, so let’s get started… On second thought, I need a drink first.

3 comments:

Lady Di )O( December 28, 2006 at 12:31 AM  

Nicely done my friend!

I was just thinking there should be more blogs celebrating the remember juice.

Keep it up.

di

edP December 28, 2006 at 5:41 PM  

You picked a good spot to take a drink. Great pick of the only Belushi worth a damn (besides Ersal Belushi)

David April 18, 2010 at 5:07 PM  

I was watching "Team America: World Police" and wondered if the film's octane content would make the blog's cut. The bar scene where our washed-out hero was rock bottom, hitting the sauce would be perfect fodder. The "dicks, pussies, and assholes" pitch, the projectile vomiting, the music-cue swelling! Consider it, Bill. I am dying to read your take.

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