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The Apartment [1960 film]

by Billy Wilder (Director/Screenwriter), I. A. L. Diamond (Screenwriter)

Other authors: Edie Adams (Actor), Joseph LaShelle (Cinematographer), Jack Lemmon (Actor), Shirley MacLaine (Actor), Fred MacMurray (Actor)1 more, Ray Walston (Actor)

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An ambitious office clerk plans to get ahead by lending out his apartment to his boss, but falls in love with the boss's girlfriend.

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A rather sordid premise to a well-written and well-made film, even if the 1960s style acting is a bit overdone in places. Shirley MacLaine is excellent as the young and attractive elevator operator, Fran; Jack Lemmon is also good as the kind but very ambitious CC Baxter, who lends his New York apartment out to management at his office for extra-marital trysts.

Most of the discussion of what goes on is couched in euphemisms, and there's no nudity or anything explicit, which is probably why the rating is only PG. But it's not at all appropriate for children or younger teens, in my view. However, for older teens or adults who like black-and-white films of this era, with some satire and light-hearted moments as well as some very tense ones, it has a good pace, and won several Oscars.

Longer review here: https://suesdvdreviews.blogspot.com/2024/02/the-apartment-jack-lemmon.html ( )
  SueinCyprus | Feb 1, 2024 |
  freixas | Mar 31, 2023 |
Lemmon and MacLaine are sparkling--especially MacLaine who has a unique presence--in a classic story that still holds up after all these years. It has probably been 40 years since I saw this the first time, so I was able to enjoy it as a new film. Lots of familar supporting actors, including Otis Campbell as Santa Claus. Wilder's films are exceptional. There may have never been a better director. ( )
  datrappert | Mar 19, 2023 |
A suck-up lets his married bosses use his apartment to entertain women.

Not a bad movie, but all the awards it got are baffling to me. Maybe it has more depth and craftsmanship than your typical romantic comedy of the time, but best picture? Inherit the Wind, Psycho and Spartacus weren't even nominated.

Concept: D
Story: B
Characters: D
Dialog: A
Pacing: D
Cinematography: B
Special effects/design: A
Acting: A
Music: B

Enjoyment: C plus

GPA: 2.6/4 ( )
  comfypants | Feb 14, 2016 |
Region 1 (NTSC) ( )
  ME_Dictionary | Mar 19, 2020 |
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YOU might not think a movie about a fellow who lends his rooms to the married executives of his office as a place for their secret love affairs would make a particularly funny or morally presentable show, especially when the young fellow uses the means to get advanced in his job. But under the clever supervision of Billy Wilder, who helped to write the script, then produced and directed "The Apartment," ... the idea is run into a gleeful, tender and even sentimental film. And it is kept on the side of taste and humor by the grand performance of Jack Lemmon in the principal role.
Billy Wilder has furnished “The Apartment” with a one-hook plot that comes out high in comedy, wide in warmth and long in running time. As with his smash hit, “Some Like It Hot,” the broad handling is of more of consequence than the package. Wilder’s cinematic skill and the lure of Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine and Fred MacMurray ensure acceptance of the Mirisch Co. picture. “The Apartment” should return substantial rentals to its landlord, United Artists.
added by Lemeritus | editVariety (May 18, 1960)

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Wilder, BillyDirector/Screenwriterprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Diamond, I. A. L.Screenwritermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Adams, EdieActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
LaShelle, JosephCinematographersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lemmon, JackActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
MacLaine, ShirleyActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
MacMurray, FredActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Walston, RayActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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