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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…
"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…
This one could have been a silent picture and it would not have lost a single fan, which I will call myself from this day on. The story is brought so cinematically through clever editing and writing, and through accurately directed bodily performances, that words are almost completely unnecessary to convey the plot. Jack Lemmon is absolutely fantastic and Shirley MacLaine is absolutely fantastic and stunning as well (seriously, she is worthy competition for Audrey Hepburn in here). The Apartment is one of this pictures that goes from great comedy to heartfelt drama in a matter of seconds, hard-hitting the audience emotional state at moments least expected with another clever writing intervention. A rollercoaster ride that keeps bringing in new…
I ab-sol-ute-ly adore you, Miss Kubelik.
Christmas Season 2016: #1 The Apartment
Kicking off the Christmas season this year with a less obvious festive flick, it's always best to ease into these things gently. Older comedies never seem to resonate with me too much, must be a generational thing, but nevertheless this is still a sweet and entertaining story. Even if Lemmon is a lemon for still going after Fran.
4th time watching this movie this year, still not tired of it, probably going to watch it one more time before the year is over to be honest.
This film made me totally furious. Like, almost Vertigo furious. No-one in this film is a good person, the jokes are painfully unfunny (oops, better hide the razorblades from the suicidal girl! WHAT?) and the ending is barely romantic. I hate everything about this film. I'm so confused, too, because I generally like Billy Wilder films, so maybe there's something I'm not getting but this film just made me stressed and angry.
I know I give a ton of high ratings to B-movies and kung fu films and then go and give a near-universally acclaimed classic like this one star, so I probably seem like I'm either a contrarian or a lunatic but I rate, to a large extent, based on my enjoyment of a film and - as well-made as this clearly is - I didn't enjoy it at all... :(
Jack Lemmon plays an idiot nebbish with non-existent people skills who lets his bosses have access to his apartment for trysts with their mistresses in exchange for favours at work. Things get complicated when he falls in love with the elevator girl (Shirley MacLaine) and hijinx ensue. Proper wacky hijinx.…
It's hard watching The Apartment knowing how talented and singular Wilder is. This, unfortunately, goes nowhere in a sluggish two hours that is topped with gutless characters, predictability, and misogyny. Such a shame for Jack Lemmon.
C.C. Baxter: The mirror... it's broken.
Fran Kubelik: Yes, I know. I like it that way. Makes me look the way I feel.
I don't know how he managed that, but Billy Wilder was a true master of the bittersweet. Combined with Jack Lemmon's energy and Shirley MacLaine's magnetism that together bring unique chemistry to the screen, "The apartment" is a haunting masterpiece the I will simply never forget.
No one did tough and bitter better than Billy Wilder and those two qualities are out in force in his second big Rom-Com (after 'Some like it Hot') but they're tempered here with little moments of sweetness and humanity. I tend to like Wilder best when he's at his most cynical (See 'Ace in the Hole') but the script is so punchy here and Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine give such warm, adult, perceptive performances this ranks among his very best for sure. It's also absolutely exquisitely shot and directed which doesn't hurt at all.
Wilder has an absolutely impeachable ability in The Apartment- he's able to construct a world, with its own rules, that both mirrors our own and contrasts it. Look no further than the shot composition near the beginning, making the insurance office in which C.C. Baxter (Jack Lemmon) works look particularly claustrophobic with rows and rows of fluorescent lights and desks full of flustered workers. It's within this gridded, well laid-out landscape that our buddy Baxter attempts to climb.
Baxter is the epitome of the lonely guy- somebody who has no real friends or family to share life with. Yet the irony here is that, since he's gotten stuck loaning his apartment to some of the higher-ups in the office to…
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