All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. 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…
Part of the Buddy the Elf Challenge.
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…
"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…
Fantastic film by one of the greats, Billy Wilder.
The two leads Jack Lemon & Shirley Maclaine are both excellent with a great chemistry.
they made this look so effortless.
more complicated emotionally + morally than i was expecting. jack lemmon was fantastic, shirley maclaine too.
This was recommended to me quite a while ago (so long ago that I have forgotten who recommended it and why) and I never got around to watching it until it appeared on Netflix and I had no excuse.
I really enjoyed it, not just because I have a crush on Shirley MacLaine, it's the archetype of a decent rom-com, that they don't really make much of anymore; sweet, funny and a little bit heartbreaking.
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One of my all time favorite films! I love this one so much. Jack Lemmon plays one of my all time favorite characters, I find C.C. Baxter to be a very relatable character. He's up there with John C. Reilly's character in Magnolia as the most I've resonanted with a character in a film. It's a wonderful blend of Frank Capra's charm and Wilder's cynicism. Although I love Psycho even more, this was a perfect choice for best picture in 1960!
I didn't like it as much as I'd hope. I was mostly angry with Shirley MacLane's and less sympathetic, which is strange considering how much I usually love Billy Wilder's ladies.
Nevertheless, Jack Lemon1 Oh what mentch! I love him!
The Apartment was great. The writing was fantastic and resulted in a script that deftly handled mood and was filled with so much character development. The actors that brought these fully realised characters to life were all superb but Jack Lemmon in particular stood out; he was phenomenal with a very animated yet nuanced performance that I couldn't help but love.
That's the way it crumbles, cookies-wise.
Very funny and surprisingly emotional. Lemmon and McClanie are pitch perfect.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!