This is what happens when your car breaks down on a Sunday morning and you have nothing else to do…
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…
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- tight script and economy of character arcs
- jack lemmon with well-calculated physical comedy. repeats subtle physical jokes (e.g. spilling liquids)
- the character of C.C. Baxter is very likable, but extremely flawed. He lacks self respect and dignity, takes the fall for his bosses, doesn't respect his neighbors, and advises that Kubelik go back to the toxic relationship with Sheldrake after she almost takes her life. Yet, he is earnest and charmingly pathetic enough to relate to as the main protagonist.
- shirley maclaine isn't afraid to go to a surprisingly dark place of human despair. The film really takes its time in these spots to give gravity to the situation.
- thorough description of modern romance and modern isolation
- gorgeous b&w cinematography
If you look over the Best Picture Oscar winners of the late 50s and early 60s, you will see wall-to-wall grandiose epics and lavish musicals. But there, sandwiched in the middle of them all is The Apartment, the odd-one-out success from a time when you would have thought a picture had to be big to make it big. This picture's secret is of course that there is more than one way to be sensational.
Yes, it's another production from Billy Wilder, a real master when it came to crafting small-scale pictures that were real non-stop joyrides of dramatic comedy. This was Wilder's second screenplay collaboration with I.A.L. Diamond, the first being Some Like it Hot. While The Apartment is nowhere…
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love, adult life, relationships, cheese crackers, capitalism, the patriarchy, life, how champagne bottles sound like gun shots, doctor/neighbor dynamics, the lack of noise privacy in new york city apartments, the strength of sleeping pills, etc.: it's........complicated.
this was an absolute joy to watch and unfold on the screen
"I forgot...when you're in love with a married man, you shouldn't wear mascara."
A film as dazzling and heartfelt as it's melancholic theme that peppers a number of scenes to great effect. Every character is exceptionally layered and give the film a warm and humanistic quality that's clear just from the opening narration itself.
HOLY SHIT THIS MOVIE IS FLAWLESS.
Add this to the list of canonical greats that I don't really get. Had a hard time sympathizing with Baxter. He was a little too good at sticking up for Mr. Sheldrake particularly when Fran was recovering from her ordeal. And I guess I'm just averse to the trope where the lonely male love interest is basically the only decent courtable guy in the whole world. Whether they actually get the girl or not I just feel it feeds into the whole "Nice guys finish last." worldview that is propagated by angry, antisocial dudes who feel like they deserve something from women.
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