Movie-wise, there has never been anything like it - laugh-wise, love-wise, or otherwise-wise
The Apartment came out shortly after the success of ‘Some Like it Hot’ from director Billy Wilder and thus making it the most successful films of the year. Full of trivialities this comedy is a harsh critic of coporate world and the American way of life. Bud Baxter is a struggling clerk in a huge New York insurance company. He's discovered a quick way to climb the corporate ladder - by lending out his apartment to the executives as a place to take their mistresses. He often has to deal with the aftermath of their visits and one night he's left with a major problem to solve.
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Some films just scream perfect screenwriting at you. The Apartment takes a loudspeaker and puts it up to a microphone, and without any feedback whatsoever, clearly communicates its utter perfection to you in the loudest and most pleasant way possible.
Too many people are quick to shrug off the Romantic Comedy genre, and this is simply because they've seen too many crappy ones. The Apartment takes a unique concept for a RomCom, and plays with it like master musician. It's a very simple story, but Billy Wilder was such a gifted filmmaker that he could make simple things sing. The cinematic language of mere things happening on screen carries such a satisfying presence, that…
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The tagline on the poster was 'Movie wise there has never been anything like The Apartment. Love wise, laugh wise or otherwise' It may be corny but it's also true. It's hard to imagine the boundaries this film broke across conservative America at the time.
The film was originally inspired by two real life events from the tragic and seamy side; the Hollywood agent, Jennings Lang had used a low level employee's apartment for his affair with actress Joan Bennett and was subsequently shot by Bennett's husband, producer Walter Wanger. Also, IAL Diamond recalled a friend who broke up with a girl which led to her committing suicide in his room. Both events would have a hand in writing The…
Like the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds, I can turn on this movie and know that it will evoke specific feelings of melancholy, romance, and joy in me as if it was tapping directly into my own memories and experiences. Both are also daring, modern works that arguably represent the peak of their genre. Like a first kiss in a graveyard, The Apartment is simultaneously sweet and haunting.
Is there anything in cinema that visually communicates loneliness more than pushing a solitary figure to the edge of a Cinemascope frame? Jack Lemmon sitting alone at night in the rain, rows of park benches stretching diagonally across the frame to infinity is a pretty definitive example of this.
C.C. Baxter is a nervous, fidgety and lonely bachelor who sells insurance. He also allows several higher-up executives and his boss use his apartment for their extramarital rendezvous. This of course leads to one turn after another including bigger complications when Baxter falls in love with one of their mistresses.
Maybe the most "feel-good" movie ever made. This is easily one of the most endearing and charming films I've ever seen, with a commanding lead performance by Jack Lemmon. In fact, his C.C. Baxter has to be one of the most likable characters to ever hit the screen. And he's not likable in an overbearing annoying way - he's just the kind of guy you'd like to go and have…
Simply one of the best romantic comedies I have ever seen. Billy Wilder perfectly balances the charming humor with the darker, surprisingly powerful underlying themes. The plot centers around C.C. Baxter, a lonely office worker at an insurance agency who lends his apartment to his superiors so they can have secret affairs. This "cooperation" leads to Baxter being recognized by Jeff Sheldrake, one of the agency's directors who also wants to use the apartment to cheat on his wife. This was a very racy premise for the 60s and Wilder works it to a perfection. Exploring sex and gender roles in an radically changing society. Jack Lemmon is at his finest as Baxter, at the height of his charm and…
Classic superbly written comedy by the brilliant Bill Wilder with highly effective central performances from Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine.
Great writing, direction, performances. Perfect blend of comedy, romance, drama, satire and message about becoming a mensch. This film's reputation is well deserved.
Wow. Finally a movie that just blew me away. I loved it. Loved it!
Fell completely in love with this the second time around. Also forgot it was a Christmas movie, so it's even seasonally appropriate. May be my new favorite of Wilder's, should revisit Sunset Boulevard before deciding that though.
Exceptional. I wish I'd watched it sooner.
Screened at The Green Room Lounge.
I had forgotton 50% of this movie. It just gave me more to rediscover and love.
A typical Billy Wilder movie. Oddly watchable even though the comedy has dated badly. There is good chemistry between Lemmon and MacLaine.
So so so very very good!!
Billy Wilder is slowly climbing to the top of my favorite directors list. While I immensely enjoyed Sunset Boulevard and Double Indemnity, The Apartment is another amazing work of art from him and feels more fresh. The film is about a man (C.C Baxter) who frequently rents out his apartment in order to rise up the ranks in his company, but all sorts of trouble follows.
The Apartment works so well because the whole premise of the story is really funny. The whole deal about C.C Baxter who rents out his apartment to executives in his company in order to rise to the top and all the comical events that turns out from this is amusing, sometimes hysterical. The dialogue…