The Apartment (1960)
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.
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
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 live…