This is what happens when your car breaks down on a Sunday morning and you have nothing else to do…
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…
"I've decided to become a Mensch."
I've been called an emotionless sociopath by many of my best friends. So when I tell you that The Apartment stabbed me in my heart about 10 times, I want you to understand my full meaning.
A masterpiece of subtleties. If you ever needed an example of how to 'show and not tell' in cinema, then this would be it.
I enjoy Billy Wilder's films. Generally speaking his movies have a good script, are well acted and have above average camerawork. Yet I hardly think he is a master on the same level as a Kubrick or Hitchcock as some claim he is. Jack Lemmon once again stars as the lead role in Billy Wilder's film. I am a huge Jack Lemmon fan, particularly his movies with Walter Matthau, but I just wasn't digging his character in this movie. Lemmon plays CC Baxter an insurance clerk who is constantly loaning his apartment to his higher ups with the hopes of moving up in the business. As such Lemmon's character comes across as suck up and not a particularly likeable character.…
Re-watch. The last time I saw this film was almost 20 years ago. I remembered liking it at the time, but upon re-watch, I can honestly say this film is perfect. The writing is fantastic. The acting is superb. It manages to be both funny and sincere. The blu-ray looks amazing as well.
Quite possibly the greatest moment in the great career of master craftsman Billy Wilder, THE APARTMENT is one of the darkest, funniest, and most emotionally charged romantic comedies of all time. Ostensibly conventional and linear in structure, its success lies in the way its foundational elements subvert that of the garden variety love flick (even the majority of subsequent ones). Take Jack Lemmon for example: his character, C.C. Baxter, is not the awkward loser type who spends the entire film showing himself up in attempts to seduce the unwinnable female trophy, but rather a jolly pushover who can't say no, readily surrendering his apartment to co-workers wanting to carry out their extra-marital affairs. It all consumes his life to the…
'Scavenger Hunt 14 (May 2016)'
24. Any film from Roger Ebert's 'Great Movies' list
Staggeringly and simultaneously a very human movie that is fantastic, emotional, quirky and brilliant. In my opinion, a film ahead of it's time.
Still one of my all time favorites. This captures a certain melancholy tone in the first act that is unparalleled by any other motion picture. It is visually striking for a dark little romantic comedy and I think Billy Wilder loses credit as a director because of the quality of the writing and performances outshine the camera many times. That really isn't true here as he does some of his best work with camera placement and movement. Obvious examples are the massive 19th floor office, the and the outside shots of the apartment with Baxter pacing back and forth. But beyond those, Wilder creates a nice sense of space within the small apartment that never once feels like a set.
A Review Haiku
Change the locks Lemmon
Your couch is probably gross
Power wash that s#!+
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