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…
"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…
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…
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‘Be a mensch’. If a single line defines ‘The Apartment’ – possibly Billy Wilder’s best, and certainly one of my favourite films – then it’s this one. ‘Mensch’ comes from Yiddish, a language whose adoption in American cities only narrowly predates Hollywood’s adoption of Wilder, who had fled Europe and the Nazi threat. It means, as Dr. Dreyfus reminds us, ‘a human being’. Few films are as warm, as kind, or as human as this one, without sacrificing an awareness of the damage people do to one another. What other romantic comedy can you think of that contains, and miraculously pulls off, the attempted suicide of a lead character?
For this deft mix of tragedy and levity, we have Jack…
I'd say that this one will be added to the list of my favorite comedies. Just the right blend of humor, drama and romance. You can't help but be charmed by Lemmon and MacLaine.
Finally got around to watching the blu ray of this I bought like a year ago and yep that ending still makes me feel everything.
Well, about 45 minutes in I was bored enough to grab a snack without pausing (not a good sign). Lemmon is charismatic and I thought the premise was interesting. However, I was highly annoyed by the one-dimensional supporting cast.
The female characters (for the most part) are shrill-voiced airheads whose self-worth seems measured by how much their powerful bosses desire them. The male characters (for the most part) are all cut from the same cloth: powerful, in control, deceptive, and unrepentant. Is that what makes the film funny? The rumbling parade of comic lemmings?
I simply don't get it.
This was director Billy Wilder's first film after Some Like It Hot (The Apartment won the best picture Oscar, Some Like It Hot should have done) in that film Jack Lemmon was one of the trio of stars who carried the movie, here, although more than ably supported by Shirley MacLaine and Fred MacMurray, they do only support him and it's his film through and through and he works overtime to carry it off. Jack Lemmon's comic timing, bodily ticks and movements are a thing of wonder to behold and as in Some Like It Hot here he is at the very top of his comedic game.
The film has Jack Lemmon “loaning” his apartment to his various bosses for…
Among other things, this movie is about how love is like rolodex. It's also about capitalism. It's also about the loneliness of adult life. It's also about the patriarchy. It's also about cheese crackers. It's also probably the best movie I've ever seen. Just thinking about it make me feel...everything.
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More romances should just end with the couple smiling at each other while playing gin rummy.
It's little gestures like this, along with standing out in the rain for a date that will never come and having a $100 bill off-handedly plopped in your hand as a Christmas gift, that occasionally causes this movie to spark with the loneliness of unrequited love and the joy of human affection.
A sweet, funny look at love and the imperfections of humanity, The Apartment soars thanks to a charming leading pair and Billy Wilder's signature magic touch.
One of the great Hollywood films, romance-wise, as only Billy Wilder could do it.
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