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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Winner of five 1960 Academy Awards® and including Best Picture for `The Apartment' and is by the legendary director Billy Wilder at his most scathing and satirical best. With audio commentary from film producer and AFI member Bruce Block and two documentaries, including a loving tribute to actor Jack Lemmon.
Calvin Clifford (C.C.) "Bud" Baxter [Jack Lemmon] knows the way to success in business...it's through the door of his apartment. By providing a perfect hideaway for philandering bosses, the ambitious young employee reaps a series of undeserved promotions. But when Bud lends the key to big boss J.D. Sheldrake [Fred MacMurray], he not only advances his career, but his own love life as well. For Sheldrake's mistress is the lovely Fran Kubelik [Shirley MacLaine], elevator girl and angel of Bud's dreams. Convinced that he is the only man for Fran, Bud must make the most important executive decision of his career: lose the girl...or his job.
FILM FACT: Awards and Nominations: 1960 33rd Academy Awards®: Won: Best Picture for Billy Wilder. Won: Best Director for Billy Wilder. Won: Best Writing (Original Screenplay) for I.A.L. Diamond and Billy Wilder. Won: Best Film Editing for Daniel Mandell. Won: Best Art Direction-Set Decoration in Black-and-White for Alexander Trauner and Edward G. Boyle. Nominated: Best Actor for Jack Lemmon. Nominated: Best Actress for Shirley MacLaine. Nominated: Best Supporting Actor for Jack Kruschen. Nominated: Best Cinematography in Black-and-White for Joseph LaShelle. Nominated: Best Sound for Gordon E. Sawyer.Read more ›
The story finds Lemmon working as an accounting clerk in a high rise New York City office building.Lemmon is your everyman,working nine to five,or in this case 8:50 to 4:20.Lemmon is the go-to guy for four of his bosses who have regular on-going trysts.That is,when the bosses need some alone time with their women,Lemmon,a bachelor himself,loans out his place to whoever asks first.It is a long standing thing with Lemmon going back before he even joined the company.It is not above the pale for his temporary guests to ask for a stocked liquor cabinet and food,when needed.Lemmon has even gone so far as to cover up these trysts at his place to his fellow tenants and landlady.Lemmon makes it seem like HE is the Casanova to end all Casanova's.
Now Lemmon may be a soft touch,but he has hopes his"generosity" with his bosses will someday be rewarded.And that day eventually comes.His four bosses` recommendations get the attention of the big boss,played by Fred MacMurray.Now Fred isn't a slouch either,and he knows what is behind all those glowing recommendations by Lemmon's bosses.Just when Lemmon thinks he is in for that promotion,Fred throws Lemmon a curve.If Lemmon plays ball with him he will get that promotion.Read more ›
"The Apartment" is a quiet, character-driven comedy about shady dealings in the world of big business, with just enough touching dramatic scenes to tug at your heart, and it won the 1960 Best Picture Oscar, thanks to the excellent cast and honest script. Nobody played the Everyman character as well as Lemmon. He's involved in an unsavory situation, but is so sweet, likeable, and noble that you really care about him. MacLaine gives an uncharacteristically subdued and thoughtful performance, and MacMurray is perfect as philandering paramour. The beautiful title tune is one of the loveliest movie love themes ever. The subject matter was considered somewhat racy back then, but now it would probably be rated PG. A clever, sweet, and entertaining movie.
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I watch this movie at least once a month. The Casting is Excellent with out a bad performance in any of the parts.Published 15 months ago by M. A. Dean
A fantastic movie from beginning to end. Top notch writing and acting. You will not be disappointed.Published on Dec 6 2009 by M.D.B.
Wouldn't it be great if all movies were this good? This funny? This wise? This clever? This heartfelt? This true? My favorite Jack Lemmon movie. Read morePublished on July 6 2004 by J
Director: Billy Wilder
Format: Black & White
Studio: Mgm/Ua Studios
Video Release Date: August 3, 1999
Jack Lemmon ... Calvin Clifford 'C.C. Read more
I'm not going to rain on anybody's parade. This is a terrific movie, and lots of other reviewers have already ticked off all of the things that make it terrific. Read morePublished on April 12 2004 by AntiochAndy
This is Jack Lemmon at his best. I think this movie was funny, witty and had everything most storylines in today's films lack......depth.Published on March 18 2004 by Jennifer C. Strype
'Bud' Baxter (Jack Lemon) works for an insurance company in New York and throughout his career he has seen the slow process of few people advancing within the company. Read morePublished on March 1 2004 by Swederunner
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