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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…
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…
Sehr charmante Tragikkommödie von Billy Wilder mit einem großartigen Jack Lemmon und einer bezaubernden Shirley MacLaine!
ITS BILLY FUCKING WILDER NOTHING LESS THAN A FIVE IS ACCEPTED
Großartige Mischung aus Drama und Komödie wie nicht anders von Billy Wilder zu erwarten, bei der Jack Lemmon, eine überwältigende Shirley MacLaine und Fred MacMurray die Kirschen auf dem Eisbecher sind. Hat auch nach über 55(!) Jahren nichts von seiner Spritzigkeit und Schärfe verloren.
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Some of the humor doesn't quite land for me (a running gag of someone thinks the person they care about is going to die by suicide? eesh), but the indirect stuff is quite clever (the fanfare of trumpets when Baxter graduates from his desk to a small, plain office; Sheldrake's new secretary after his wife kicks him out is an elderly woman). Jack Lemmon is charming enough to be likable to root for despite his morally questionable decision making-- no small feat-- and Shirley MacLaine is absolutely heartbreaking.
Might be the sweetest, loveliest, most adorable film I've ever seen. Jack Lemmon commands the proceedings with an all-time great performance, his warmth and delightful mannerisms serving to craft a genuinely loveable protagonist.
This being the first Wilder I've ever seen (really!) I'm surprised by accusations that his work is cynical, because this is just the most good-hearted and adorable film.
It might actually be my favourite romance film, and definitely the first ever romance I've found genuinely relatable. A cinematic treat.
There is nothing funnier than seeing Jack Lemmon in a comically farcical predicament. The Apartment showcases the talents of this great gift to American cinema and delivers a sophisticated New York comedy that is worthy of the great Billy Wilder.
I need to see the movie again.
Shirley Maclaine, primer amor, la razón por la que veo las películas en versión original.
(lo demás bastante genial también)
As others have mentioned, this movie deals with some heavy stuff (adultry, suicide, loneliness, abuse, ambition, deceit) but still manages to keep a lighthearted tone through all of that. The characters are extremely well put together and the acting is fantastic. I didn't particularly love this film, but I can definitely see its merits.
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