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The Apartment

USA 1960
produced by
Billy Wilder for The Mirisch Corporation/United Artists
directed by Billy Wilder
starring Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Fred MacMurray, Ray Walston, Jack Kruschen, David Lewis, Hope Holiday, Joan Shawlee, Naomi Stevens, Johnny Seven, Joyce Jameson, Willard Waterman, David White, Edie Adams, Dorothy Abbott, Bill Baldwin, Paul Bradley, Benny Burt, Steve Carruthers, Lynn Cartwright, Dick Cherney, Fortune Cookie, Mason Curry, Franklyn Farnum, Herschel Graham, Lars Hensen, Eugene Jackson, Frances Weintraub Lax, David Macklin, William Meader, Ralph Moratz, Monty O'Grady, Joe Palma, Paul Power, Tony Regan, Clark Ross, Edith Simmons, Hal Smith, Norman Stevans, Sid Troy
written by Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond, music by Adolph Deutsch

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Bud (Jack Lemmon) is a little office worker at a big insurance building who has made it his habit to give up his apartment to his superiors for special occasions (meaning extramarital affairs), in exchange for a possible promotion - not that it gets him anywhere, really ... until his boss Mr. Sheldrake (Fred MacMurray) finds out, and he gives him a healthy promotion - of course for the use of Bud's apartment.

Bud's (not very) secretly in love with Fran (Shirley MacLaine), elevator girl at the insurance office building, and she likes him back but has no romantic feelings for him. Thing is, Sheldrake has an affair with her, and unbeknownst to Bud, he brings her to his apartment - but they have a row, he leaves, she takes sleeping pills in an effort to kill herself ... and leaves Bud in shock when he comes home. He manages to save her life though with the help of his neighbour Dr Dreyfuss (Jack Kruschen), and manages to hush up the whole story for his (married) boss, even if that means taking quite a bit of the blame (and a beating) himself, and taking care of Fran, he starts to realize just how much he's in love with her - and then the unexptected happens, Sheldrake really agrees to divorce his wife, and Fran decides to return to him, leaving Bud understandably shattered, but of course, there's nothing Bud can do because he has obligations to everybody ... or has he?


I might sound like an even older fart than I actually am by saying that, but The Apartment is one of that films that proves that Hollywood once upon a time really deserved to be the film capital of the world (in comparison to the spectacle movie conveyor belt it has become today): Being a romantic comedy by definition, this is anything but a pure chick flick and chooses to tell a strong story (that also features plenty of drama) over just cater to its target audience, thge directorial effort is powerful and elegant instead of just serving as a vehicle for punchlines, and the entire cast is definitely first rate.

Now sure, story and tone of this movie betray its period, but it's a perfect time machine to a time of Hollywood greatness!


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