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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…
Jack Lemmon's character demonstrates precisely zero positive traits for much of this film yet he's still ridiculously likeable. Also, I think I fell in love with Shirley Maclaine just a little bit after this.
Well made film. Jack Lemmon's character is a bit annoying at times. Love the interiors and the retro gadgets. Many great lines.
I was expecting this to be a comedy full of laughs, so was surprised to find it actually a very cynical satire which gets very, very dark at times.
But the darkness is levelled out by a fantastic performance from Jack Lemmon, very much a physical comedian, with hints of Chaplin and hints of Bill Murray - his utter limpness while depressed, even as a woman tries to dance with him, is gold, as are his awkward (if overly pushy, as in many old films) attempts at flirting.
And it shows the strength of Wilder's script and direction that this performance meshes perfectly with the much more gloomy world surrounding it. Baxter rising through the ranks as he's increasingly exploited by his slimy bosses gives some great scenes of satire on the corporate world - and some poignant points are made about the struggle for happiness in a world controlled by the unscrupulous.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This movie had a happy ending but it made me cry. It deals with two individuals, Mr. Baxter and Miss. Kubik, who unlike many movie individuals have jobs. Mr.Baxter is either an ambitious man or simply a far to amicable one, which is why he's has a job giving his apartment to his higher-ups for an hours or so while they rendezvous with women who are distinctly not their wives. Ms.Kubic is the elevator girl, who has turned down many at the office but seems willing to give Baxter a chance. The office and high ups have other plans for both of them. This movie contains many shocking swerves and I'll try not to ruin many, but you have been warned. It's a bit hard for me to explain how much I loved this movie so I'm just going to tell people to see it.
My senior year of high school had just finished up and I was home early and I knew this was coming on TCM so I lay down on the couch during the early afternoon and luxuriated in it and loved it so much. Shirley is the sweet-'n-sourest!
A light-hearted comedy with a hint of controversial seriousness thrown into the mix. The Apartment really does offer up a cynical view on relationships but it does end on a hopeful note for the two main lovers in the film. Some of the subject matter can be quite edgy but that is what makes this romance unforgettable. Lots of credit has to be given to the director for his top-notch production and direction values. It is not his best movie by a long shot in my personal opinion but there are still a lot of entertaining moments and some great acting performances. The Apartment's messages and viewpoints on the era's rampant misogyny and ruthless ambition are where the cynicism arises.…
This continues to be something of a blind spot. Most of the first hour is perfectly played satire, but the soggy second is a slog. At once emotionally immature and sophisticated. Tonally confusing, with inconsistent attitudes toward its characters. MacLaine’s wistful performance is all the more impressive for generating dignity in a situation seemingly devised to rob her of it.
Funny and poignant, containing heart, message, and wit, this is probably Wilder's best.
Oh Billy Wilder. Oh Jack Lemmon. Oh saddest piece of spaghetti ever. Shut up and deal.
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