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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…
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…
“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…
The first half is unflinchingly brilliant and perfectly constructed, but it does sag fairly significantly after the midpoint, and while the last twenty minutes pick up most of that slack, it never fully catches up to its hugely assured opening passages. Still pretty bloody terrific. Some of Lemmon's mannerisms are a little too theatrical, and what's-his-noodle doesn't bring much depth to Sheldrake, but for the most part, yeah, what a film.
An absolutely spectacular film.
An enjoyable film, interesting in retrospect more for its value as a cultural bellwether than for its own merits, which, though considerable, are not overwhelming.
Am I wrong in thinking that the attitude of this film to adultery and divorce is rather unusual for Hollywood films at that time? I, at any rate, was surprised at how cavalier the film seemed to be, and assumed its audience would be. Even Miss Kubelik's final decision to leave Mr Sheldrake was made not because he was married -- he had by then left his wife -- but because her feelings had changed. In that respect, she was no better than him. In fact, I'm tempted to say that everyone in the film,…
Smart, funny, and charming, The Apartment is not unlike CC Baxter (Jack Lemmon is magnificent). The film also features some very memorable performances from Shirley MacLaine and Fred MacMurry, as well as a great score.
"I said I had no family; I didn't say I had an empty apartment"
Well this was great, quality-wise! It's always a great feeling when a movie you've postponed for some time just because you fear it might not live up to its reputation, does exactly that and delivers everything you wished for. Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine are really loveable as the two leads, and Fred MacMurray perfectly balances the line between slick and douchebag. Jack Kruschen also provides some well placed comic relief as the quite hilarious Dr. Dreyfuss. Parts of it are a little more depressing than I expected but that only makes the movie better, both by providing some well written drama, and by making the funny moments funnier when they suddenly appear out of nowhere.
Classy acting from Lemmon and Maclaine in this interesting, although simple storyline. Some nice life messages in there to follow.
Billy Wilder’s “The Apartment” is among the movies I’ve watched more often than almost any other over the years and I’m not sure I can articulate why other than to say it is a great movie that hits all the right notes with me. I first saw it as a pre-teen on broadcast TV and was enthralled by this “adult” comedy with a cast that included Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, and Disney good guy and “My Three Son’s” benevolent father, Fred MacMurray, as a real louse. I think as a kid I was just engrossed in the drinking, philandering, office politics, and all the themes I wasn’t going to get from the kids’ movies and older horror flicks I’d largely…
Thumbs Up: Great chemistry between Jack Lemon and Shirley Maclaine, fun farcical plot, doesn't shy away from the dramatic social commentary (especially how women are treated in a man's world), well directed, cool set design (especially the 17th floor), romantic without being overly sentimental, "Shut up and deal!"
Thumbs Down: Loses steam in the middle when the scenes start playing unnecessarily long, Fran's a more interesting character when she's not sitting around moping over lost-love.
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