All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…
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 loved absolutely everything about this movie. Jack Lemmon is my guy.
"That's the way it crumbles... cookie-wise."
I love this movie. I was afraid the second viewing wouldn’t affect me as much as the first time I saw it years ago, but it’s as good as I remember it. This is one of the very best fusions of harsh drama and comedic relief that I’ve seen and it’s remarkably mature for a Hollywood film of the era. It manages to deal with themes like adultery and suicide without ever becoming a self-serious “issue” movie like Wilder’s The Lost Weekend and it’s brought to life by astonishingly good performances by Lemmon, MacLaine, and MacMurray. It’s not particularly laugh out loud funny, as its advertising and reputation seem to paint it as, but it’s really charming when it needs…
what a good
A world that no longer exists; a beautiful ghost story.
Yet another film to cross off from my List of Shame. This is my sixth Billy Wilder film when it should have been one of my first, but no matter. The Apartment will work for anyone at any time, whether they’re burgeoning film buffs, seasoned critics or just casual viewers looking for a classic they can count on to deliver the goods. It has withstood the test of time in my mind, for who doesn’t know overachieving yes men like Jack Lemmon’s C.C. Baxter or strung-along sweethearts like Shirley MacLaine’s Fran Kubelik? Heck, maybe we have a bit of them in us. Maybe we’ve tried too hard to please, or tried too hard to hang onto someone because of a…
The apartment worked best in its first half as a funny satire on corporate culture. The second half as nowhere near as strong and the films dramatic pivot is far too melodramatic and a touch misogynistic. The film saves itself with a respectable if predictable final act though.
Lemmon is funny and warm in his role and excels when given the opportunity to use his skills in physical humour. The wit and direction from Wilder is as excellent as ever but lacking the flash and inspiration of his other works like 'Sunset Boulevard'
made me feel really happy. masterpiece