A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
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…
An early romantic comedy. Moments of amusement, but not much to laugh about.
Jesus Christ, I thought this was a comedy??
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The women of The Apartment are lonely, slightly over-the-hill, scrunched up types. They are either cheating or being cheated on, but somehow find themselves facing the more severe emotional consequences in the end. What could ever be done to avoid that next heartbreak? Fran Kubelik is a lowly elevator operator, which makes her fair game for the numerous executives of Insurance and Co. She has fooled herself into thinking that eventually Jeff Sheldrake will leave his wife for her. This belief wavers in strength; Shirley MacLaine can provide wit when it is needed, and she seems aloof enough to not bite again at the line that Sheldrake dangles in front of her every few months. She brushes her newly cut…
"The kids go back to school. The boss goes back to the wife. And the girl... they don't make these shrimp like they used to..."
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Well that got very dark all of a sudden. Kisses in a cemetery, the doctor saying 'nice veins', a lot of this gave me the creeps.
I don't think I will ever love another Hollywood director like I love Billy Wilder. MacLaine is a darling and I love her and her cute haircut I wish I could marry her.
One of the greatest films I've ever seen. Period.
"Obviously you do not know me very well. Permit me. CC Baxter: Junior Executive, Arthur Mary Gray graduate... Lover."
"I'm Mrs. McDougall! Margie to you."
The Apartment is infectious, light, brisk and yet deeply poignant built on it's characters sense of isolation and loneliness. While tonally, light, It's only after its completely over do you realize it's profound sadness. It's not a film that should work, but somehow it does. Billy Wilder, you are a genius.
inspired by Jack Bower's most recent list, I decided to do an interactive list where you just comment your favorite…
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