Every film from Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" essays.
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…
CC Bud Baxter knows that the path to professional success is through the door of his apartment. Providing the perfect hiding place for his womanizing bosses, the ambitious young man gets a lot of undeserved promotions, but when Bud lends the key to the boss JD Sheldrake not only advances his career but also his love life because Sheldrake's mistress is the lovely Fran Kubelik, the elevator girl and the angel of Bud's dreams. Convinced that he is the only man for Fran, Bud must make the most important decision of his life: he's got to choose between the girl of his dreams or the job that everyone desires.
The Apartment was my fourth film from the never disappointing Billy…
Watched as part of my alternative Christmas film project, I wasn't too invested in it initially but Jack Lemmon soon pulled me in, starting with that scene when he is forced out of his apartment and watches from the shadows as a work colleague escorts a female companion up to his place. Even judging from a single film, it's not hard to see what Billy Wilder meant when he described Lemmon as a "natural ham" but he is the rare actor who overacts but somehow doesn't come off as obnoxious and annoying. If anything Lemmon's 150% investment in his character is palpable and charismatic, and especially opposite an understated lead like Shirley MacLaine, he woos the audience with his dynamic facial expressions and body language.
The Apartment is a sweet romantic comedy. It was filmed and set in the same world as Mad Men. The executives of an insurance firm have coerced Jack Lemmon's character into using his apartment for their extramarital affairs. Lemmon's character, a push over, is promised advancement at the cost of inconvenience. Through the course of the film Lemmon must learn to be a "Mensch" -- a human being -- and stand up for himself and for the one he loves. Jack Lemmon is wonderful. He's such an emotive and natural actor and Shirley MacLaine is equally as lovely as Lemmon's love interest. But The Apartment is equal parts funny and sad. There are a lot of heavy moments in the…
jack lemmon has a face for comedy--and he makes the darkness of this film into humor. he turns isolation and unhappiness into weary jokes, worn in. the film is beautifully shot in black and white and cute as hell. a suicide screwball dramedy.
I love the open screenplay used in this movie.. Because the screenplay was mixed with reality... Excellent..
my third rewatch, and still loving it!
The Apartment was the last movie shot solely in black and white to win the Oscar for Best Picture until The Artist in 2011. This classic film follows C.C. Baxter (Jack Lemmon), a single, lonely wage slave at an insurance company in New York City. But Baxter possesses one quality that separates him from the other employees at his company: he loans his apartment to his various superiors for their secret trysts in hopes of receiving promotions. Complications ensue, of course, when Baxter loans his apartment to an even higher higher-up: the married Jeff Sheldrake (Freed MacMurray), who happens to be the boyfriend of Fran Kubelik (Shirley MacLaine), the girl Baxter is interested in.
The Apartment won five Oscars, including…
In the giant office space, the arrangements of the desks match the ceiling lights above to give the shot a one point perspective, making the room feel even more immense. These lines created by the spaces in between the arrangements of desks and light give the illusion that the office extends in that direction infinitely.
My all-time favorite romance! I love its emphasis on self-respect and treating others with basic human decency.
Watched on the bus from Toronto to Ottawa.
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