All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. 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…
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…
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…
"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…
CC Bud Baxter knows that the path to professional success is through the door of his apartment. Providing the perfect hiding place for his womanizing bosses, the ambitious young man gets a lot of undeserved promotions, but when Bud lends the key to the boss JD Sheldrake not only advances his career but also his love life because Sheldrake's mistress is the lovely Fran Kubelik, the elevator girl and the angel of Bud's dreams. Convinced that he is the only man for Fran, Bud must make the most important decision of his life: he's got to choose between the girl of his dreams or the job that everyone desires.
The Apartment was my fourth film from the never disappointing Billy…
A perfect balance between the heartwarming love and affection Wilder produced in Some Like it Hot and the gut-wrenching loneliness he displayed in Sunset Boulevard and The Lost Weekend. I went from feeling real moments of pain for Baxter to laughing out loud at his next witty line. This was a constant back and forth emotional ride for me.
In a way Baxter is the perfect male character. He is the man every guy thinks of himself to be. He's the nice guy, the sensitive understanding guy, but also the guy who never gets the girl. He's not a taker, neither him or Fran are. There is something heroic about his actions though, even while it could be argued he…
Extremely witty, gleefully directed, and yet somehow still saturated with human melancholy. And that's how it crumbles... cookie-wise!
Há tempos um filme não me agradava tão completamente. Comédia hipnótica em que mal se vê suas duas horas passando, dado o domínio cênico supremo de Wilder sobre cada mínimo elemento dessa obra-prima absoluta. Terrivelmente contagiante! Coisa de gênio!
Highly enjoyable classic movie with a simple premise that is able to mature past a straightforward comedy and convey surprising depth. Covering depression, suicide, promiscuity, and infidelity without being preachy or really, passing judgment. There are a few instances where the plot is a little slow to develop, but it’s a minor complaint.
The plot brings to mind your stereotypical romantic comedy but it has none of the standard cliches. There is a love triangle of sorts but the emotions and relationships between the three are more complex and atypical of this type of movie. Jack Lemmon is charming, funny, and determined. At times his antics may be a bit over the top but his likability just makes it endearing.…
you know me with girls, easy come, easy go.
A near-timeless film about office hierarchy dehumanizing the individual worker, as well as the continued plight of women in corporate America.
Doubtful that we would have Mad Men today without The Apartment.
$85/month for that place
"When you're in love with a married man, you shouldn't wear mascara."
The original Mad Men.
Shirley MacLaine and Jack Lemmon are delightful, though it was slightly discomfiting to see Fred MacMurray playing the role of a womanizing cad, when, for me, he has always been the warm father figure from My Three Sons.
Acting. Who knew?
- A Trip to the Moon
- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
- 12 Angry Men
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- 25th Hour
- 3 Women
- The Godfather
- Seven Samurai
- The Godfather: Part II
- 12 Angry Men