The Ant Bully
Öga rött, Ett

The Apartment (1960)
Romance,Comedy,Drama
USA / English
"A Billy "
A man tries to rise in his company by letting its executives use his apartment for trysts, but complications and a romance of his own ensue.
Jack Lemmon C.C. 'Bud' Baxter
Shirley MacLaine Fran Kubelik
Fred MacMurray Jeff D. Sheldrake
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
Director: Billy Wilder
Producer: Billy Wilder
Writer: Billy Wilder,I.A.L. Diamond
One of my favorite movies
After the first time I saw The Apartment, I admired it so much and placed it in my favorite movies list. After watching it a second time on widescreen and digitally remastered DVD, my love for it just deepened. I was once again touched by Shirley MacLaine's portrayal of Miss Kubelik, a lovely but unlucky in love woman. I also laughed again at Jack Lemmon's perfect delivery of one-liners and other mannerisms.

Billy Wilder made The Apartment right after the huge success of his last film, Some Like It Hot, also with Jack Lemmon. The Apartment is not as funny, but it is more accomplished and deeper in meaning. Watching it in widescreen made me appreciate more the complexity of the story. Widescreen shots of C.C. Baxter's (Lemmon) apartment shows emptiness and loneliness. The shot of Baxter's office, which has employees in desks that seem to extend into eternity, shows that Baxter is just a faceless man in a populated world.

C.C. Baxter is an ambitious employee in an insurance company. He tries to work himself to a promotion by allowing his philandering bosses to use his apartment as a perfect hideaway. As an exchange for the use of his apartment, his bosses put him in the top ten of the efficiency reports. After getting a promotion and successfully asking the elevator girl Fran Kubelik (Shirley MacLaine) on a date, everything was going well for Baxter. Until he finds out that Miss Kubelik is the mistress of his big boss J.D. Sheldrake (Fred MacMurray).

Miss Kubelik and Sheldrake had a summer affair and Sheldrake wants Kubelik back admitting that he still loves her. Showing vulnerability, she agrees to get back together and ends up using Baxter's apartment twice a week. Naturally there will be problems. Sheldrake could not break up his marriage, and Kubelik does not like how the relationship is going but couldn't help being in love with him. Kubelik summed it up when she said `when you're in love with a married man, you shouldn't wear mascara.'

For Baxter, things couldn't be more complex. He wants to keep getting promotions but he might lose Kubelik in the process. He adores Kubelik but he doesn't want to be unemployed. Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond's script couldn't have been better written. It ranks up there with the likes of great scripts of Casablanca and Citizen Kane. They filled it with small intricate details and such funny lines. The Apartment is very ingenious and inspirational. When I wasn't laughing, I was smiling.

Billy Wilder perfected the style of satirical filmmaking. In The Apartment, he touches a lot of subjects. The movie deals with adultery, suicide, loneliness, and corporate cutthroats. The movie won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, but surprisingly, no acting Oscars. I have seen many romantic comedies, and while many are good, most of them do not have the same heart and warmth as The Apartment. It is in my list of top ten favorite movies because it entertained me, inspired me, and showed me how to liveā€¦ human-wise.

Personal
Seen it:Nej
Nr of disks/tapes:2
User credit 1:1001 movies you must see before you die
User credit 2:366
Storage device:Divx 5
Loan
Movie
Imdb rating: 8.3
Musician: Adolph Deutsch
Running time: 125 min (DVD)
Technical
Subtitles: inga
Everything else:
Last modified: 2008-01-14 13:21:38