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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…
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…
It's nice to find someone who shares your particular type of loneliness. These kind of love stories are my favorite; they remind me of this YA book I read once (Walk Two Moons) where a class is given the assignment to draw their souls, and two students (wait for it) draw the exact same thing. Bud doesn't really understand Fran at first, but in the teeming sameness of Consolidated Life, they stand out to one another. They seem to be made of the same stuff.
If we remade this today, Bud would probably be shopping for a junior executive fedora and they would lay on the nice guy horn so hard, several area babies would be deafened. Part of the…
"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…
A simple, clever story is made memorable by its idiosyncratic central characters and the outstanding performances behind them.
William Wyler > Billy Wilder.
Jack Lemmon is undoubtedly the most endearing person to ever grace the silver screen. The Apartment is the greatest example of that, as someone who opposes much sympathy for victims of the "friend zone" it's a real ode to Lemmon's portrayal of C.C. Baxter that I was thriving for him to escape it.
The guy is so naturally likeable. Energy and optimism don't always equate to being a likeable presence (take some of the more annoying manic pixie girls for example) but Lemmon makes it work so well. There are some actors who are able to delve into roles and morph them into what they want to be, then there are…
I loved this so much...
On just two viewings, this may have passed Double Indemnity to be my favorite Billy Wilder. I know Double Indemnity is "the best noir ever," but this movie is just the best movie ever - noir-wise, romcom-wise, or otherwise-wise.
C C Baxter is leading a pickled life. He's renting his apartment to bosses for their evenings of amorous conquest, having to juggle nights to keep them all happy and as a consequence rarely enjoys a night in. All this helps him to climb up the ladder in his mundane office job, where he is trying to impress an elevator girl he has taken a shine to. When he is called up by the director of the company, who has guessed his ruse, his life gets ever more complicated for a variety of reasons.
The Apartment is a real masterclass of cinema, very tightly scripted with some fantastic performances. Jack Lemon is on top of his game as Baxter but…
A while ago I saw a Billy Wilder movie. It was Some like it hot. I was kind of surprised. The movie was entertaining and felt so fresh.
I decided to give Billy Wilder another try. Luckily I found The Apartment on amazon. Again I was surprised. The movie surpassed Some like it hot on so many levels.
Maybe it is not that funny, but still it is clever. Clever in the chosen topic and the story, and clever how to deal with humour, drama and romance.
The Apartment is probably one of the most interesting movies I've seen in the past years.
A true classic, THE APARTMENT is funny, tragic, energetic, and moving with a perfect script. Its actors brilliantly complement the material, from the 'nice guy' Jack Lemmon, to Fred MacMurray's scumbag turn, and Shirley MacLaine as the innocuously beautiful office elevator operator. Though this isn't as cutting a satire as some of Wilder's other works, it still has a fair amount to say about the corruptness involved in climbing the corporate ladder. Lemmon's character is taken advantage of essentially the entire film, and its both hilarious and gutting to watch because he's really likable. That promotion on top of promotion is just arbitrarily stacked on him makes it all the more comedic: the pay improvement and office size increase never…
Jack Lemmon is simply superb as the naïve and walked-upon C.C. Baxter; Shirley MacLaine impresses in one of her first roles; Fred MacMurray is decidedly not playing the absent-minded professor here; Billy Wilder's direction is masterful, effective and controlled; and the black-and-white cinematography, set dressing, and costuming is simply gorgeous... but boy, is this a weird film. It transitions from a lighthearted, if somewhat perverse "romantic" comedy of sorts into a full-blown Greek tragedy faster than you can say "What the hell am I watching?" Like The Odd Couple, also starring Jack Lemmon as a weak and neurotic, fast-talking New Yorker, this film is not what you're expecting it to be. And for that reason, you should watch it!
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