All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…
Movie-wise, there has never been anything like it - laugh-wise, love-wise, or otherwise-wise
Bud Baxter is a minor clerk in a huge New York insurance company, until he discovers a quick way to climb the corporate ladder. He lends out his apartment to the executives as a place to take their mistresses. Although he often has to deal with the aftermath of their visits, one night he's left with a major problem to solve.
Sweet, tender, hilarious & heartwarming, The Apartment is a wonderful amalgamation of romance, comedy & drama that's very entertaining from start to finish and subtly deals with the themes of adultery & infidelity by encapsulating its then-controversial subjects with excellent use of wit and remains one of Billy Wilder's best known films.
The story of The Apartment concerns a mild-mannered insurance company worker named C.C. Baxter who tries to climb the corporate ladder by letting the company executives use his apartment for their various liaisons. The plot covers the complications that arises when the company's director also asks Baxter to add him to the list.
Gleefully directed by Billy Wilder & deftly scripted too, the film approaches its subject matter in a very light-hearted…
1960's "The Apartment," directed by Billy Wilder, is a romantic comedy built on a foundation of ambition, deceit, and cynicism. Those elements are played to their most whimsical, however, only tempering the film's vast charm with a touch of real-world melancholy. Wilder's comedy may have a jovial exterior, but the qualities lurking just under that fizzy surface are what makes "The Apartment" great.
Wilder's protagonist is C.C. Baxter. Played with hangdog enthusiasm by Jack Lemon, Baxter loans out his apartment to the bigwigs at his insurance firm as a place to take their mistresses, girlfriends, and anyone else they need to keep from the eyes of decorum. Wilder plays this for laughs, Baxter seeing it as way to get ahead…
Too quirky and sensitive to be the average types, C.C. Baxter is the nice guy no one notices and Fran Kubelik is the beautiful girl everyone notices, yet they are both equally disconnected from the single-minded people they are surrounded by. To their peers, Baxter is no more than a key under a mat and Miss Kubelik is the eye-candy used to keep employees attentive, but to each other and to us, they become so much more.
Watching Jack Lemmon is a delightful experience. He's like a puppy begging to be picked up and squeezed. The nuances in his performance, the way he makes something as mundane as eating a TV dinner or as unexpected as straining spaghetti with a…
"Like old times: same booth, same song... same sauce, sweet and sour."
You lot sure picked some truly great films for me to watch this week. It's difficult to review classics like this in succession. For instance, The Apartment has in my opinion a 100% perfect, flawless screenplay. The plot progression, the emotional flow, the consistent energy level, it's all executed without faltering. It reminds me of 12 Angry Men in that it's brought to the screen with a clarity of vision and purpose only rarely achieved. And of course bringing this vision to life is the enviable triad of Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, and Fred MacMurray, all of whom…
When you're in love with a married man, you shouldn't wear mascara.
There is an air of melancholy in The Apartment that is instantly familiar to anybody who lives on the outside looking in. You're surrounded by perfectly nice people, you've got a job and you're doing pretty well for yourself, but then the holidays roll around and you realize you haven't got anybody to curl up beside and watch a Christmas movie with. But you shrug and go on with life anyway. C'est la vie, buddy.
This ever-present problem is further exacerbated for Bud Baxter because he can't even go to his own home during the holidays. He trades the key to his apartment for undeserved promotions at his…
“The mirror...it’s broken.” “Yes, I know. I like it that way. Makes me look the way I feel.”
The Apartment should be broken. It shouldn’t work. There’s an obviousness to the setup that should be off-putting and a trickiness to the balancing of various tones that should be unmanageable. We quickly realize that C.C. Baxter (Jack Lemmon) and Fran Kubelik (Shirley MacLaine) will end up together, but that first Baxter will have to learn to stand up to Jeff Sheldrake (Fred MacMurray) and the other officious executives at Consolidated Life and that Miss Kubelik will have to learn to appreciate Baxter’s ordinary schmo more than Sheldrake’s oily womanizer. We see the film veer between light comedy and dark drama and…
The second time I've watched my favourite film in theaters. That combination of endearing haplessness and lovesick heartache will continue to move me. I love how The Apartment brings together its key-under-the-mat C.C. Baxter and elevator-girl Fran Kubelik through a suicide attempt on Christmas Eve that is borne out of Sheldrake's casual infidelity (which is a huge narrative leap for a satirical comedy about the workings of city life) only to evolve through a morally sound lesson about becoming a real mensch. It's an astoundingly splendid film with credible gags and somber awakening—the quintessential Hollywood dramedy, about the nice guy who finally finishes first to beat the bigwigs who use others as a plaything. It's stirring and melancholy in equal measure—two fundamental components I search for in a film, with a charm that's impossible to resist.
oh buddy boy...
you have proved to be...
a real human being...
and a real hero...
Really great! I love Billy Wilder's style and cinematography!
If this film were made today it would be sleazy and horribly unfunny. But made in the 60s, it works incredibly well. Shirley MacLaine is absolutely fantastic.
Is this the ur-rom com? It certainly makes its descendants look thin and obvious by comparison. C.C. Baxter (Jack Lemmon) is a clerk at a giant insurance company who lends his apartment to more senior colleagues for their extra-marital trysts, hoping to curry favour and gain promotion. The strategy pays off and Baxter starts to ascend the corporate hierarchy. But his efforts to woo Fran Kubelik (Shirley MacLaine), a lift operator at the insurance company's headquarters, run into more turbulent waters. Billy Wilder's screenplay is sharp and intricately-wrought with each plot twist heightening the comedic complexity and raising the emotional stakes. Clever verbal (locution-wise) and visual humour, and ironic reflections on the emergence of a white-collar salariat at large corporations, are laced with darker notes as Baxter, morally compromised by his actions, must decide whether to be a "junior executive" or a mensch.
When we say a modern day movie is "fantastic", we do The Apartment a disservice as no "fantastic" recent motion picture can really compare to the sheer fantasticness here.
(Brooklyn Nine-NINE out of 10)
Watched this gem again. Billy Wilder's script is meticulous and whip-smart. Jack Lemmon channels his inner Joe Lo Truglio and delivers an eccentric performance, though he is much more handsome and genuinely likeable. The direction is rather simple but coheres to it's meticulous script with sequential imagery.
A smart, witty and surprisingly melancholy story about love at the workplace.
I sometimes forget how much of a fox Shirley MacLaine was. Love this one because it runs the runs the gamut of emotions. This is no simple "comedy".
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!