The Apartment (1960) USA
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Director:Billy Wilder
Studio:MGM (Video & DVD)
Producer:Billy Wilder
Writer:Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond
Date Added:2006-11-07
Purchased On:2006-07-11
Awards:Won 5 Oscars. Another 17 wins & 8 nominations
Genre:Classic Comedies
Picture Format:Widescreen
Aspect Ratio:2.35:1
Sound:Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
Languages:English, Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, French, Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, Spanish, Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
Subtitles:Spanish, French
Features:Black & White
Billy Wilder  ...  (Director)
Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond  ...  (Writer)
Jack Lemmon  ...  C.C. 'Bud' Baxter
Fred Macmurray  ...  Jeff D. Sheldrake
Shirley MacLaine  ...  Fran Kubelik
Ray Walston  ...  Joe Dobisch
Jack Kruschen  ...  Dr. Dreyfuss
David Lewis  ...  Al Kirkeby
Hope Holiday  ...  Mrs. Margie MacDougall
Joan Shawlee  ...  Sylvia
Naomi Stevens  ...  Mrs. Mildred Dreyfuss
Johnny Seven  ...  Karl Matuschka
Joyce Jameson  ...  The blonde
Willard Waterman  ...  Mr. Vanderhoff
David White  ...  Mr. Eichelberger
Edie Adams  ...  Miss Olsen
Dorothy Abbott  ...  
Joseph La Shelle  ...  Cinematographer
Comments: A Billy "Some Like It Hot" Wilder Production

Summary: Romance at its most anti-romantic--that is the Billy Wilder stamp of genius, and this Best Picture Academy Award winner from 1960 is no exception. Set in a decidedly unsavory world of corporate climbing and philandering, the great filmmaker's trenchant, witty satire-melodrama takes the office politics of a corporation and plays them out in the apartment of lonely clerk C.C. Baxter (Jack Lemmon). By lending out his digs to the higher-ups for nightly extramarital flings with their secretaries, Baxter has managed to ascend the business ladder faster than even he imagined. The story turns even uglier, though, when Baxter's crush on the building's melancholy elevator operator (Shirley MacLaine) runs up against her long-standing affair with the big boss (a superbly smarmy Fred MacMurray). The situation comes to a head when she tries to commit suicide in Baxter's apartment. Not the happiest or cleanest of scenarios, and one that earned the famously caustic and cynically humored Wilder his share of outraged responses, but looking at it now, it is a funny, startlingly clear-eyed vision of urban emptiness and is unfailingly understanding of the crazy decisions our hearts sometimes make. Lemmon and MacLaine are ideally matched, and while everyone cites Wilder's Some Like It Hot closing line "Nobody's perfect" as his best, MacLaine's no-nonsense final words--"Shut up and deal"--are every bit as memorable. Wilder won three Oscars for The Apartment, for Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Screenplay (cowritten with longtime collaborator I.A.L. Diamond). --Robert Abele