The Apartment details
|Formats:||PG DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Naomi Stevens, Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Joan Shawlee, Fred MacMurray, Ray Walston, Jack Kruschen, Edie Adams, David Lewis, David White, Hal Smith|
|Collections:||American Film Institute's top 100, Best Picture Oscar Winners|
|Run time:||2 hours|
|Rental release:||26 Nov 2001|
|Dubbed:||German, French, Spanish, Italian|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
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Bud Baxter is an ...By davehaviland#1 from LONDON , 29 Dec 2003
[Highly rated reviewer]Bud Baxter is an ambitious drone at a major insurance company, and he has a problem. The senior executives have got in the habit of borrowing his apartment for their extra-marital trysts, leaving him out on the streets. His cooperation ensures a series of promotions, but things become more complicated when his boss begins using the apartment for dates with Fran Kubelik, the girl he loves.
The Apartment is a classic comedy with sadness at its heart, and a model of economy and timing. The quickfire dialogue is classic Billy Wilder, such as when Fran describes a severe hangover as having a head ?like a big wad of chewing gum.? The plot is intricate and precise, veering close to farce with a host of coincidences and misunderstandings. Jack Lemmon is funny and moving by turns, and Shirley MacLaine is tender and tough, a girl you can truly imagine throwing everything away for.
However the beauty of The Apartment is in its brutal honesty. The film works overtime to convince us that the characters live in a cynical, money-driven world, where fidelity is pass? and love and sex are commodities. Bud and Fran are an active part of this, the only difference being that they dream of something better.
What?s surprising is the way the film manages to stay light and breezy while delving into some of the darkest places imaginable. In this respect it has much in common with It?s A Wonderful Life, which also uses Christmas as a double-edged backdrop; in this case the happiest time of year for those with families, the loneliest for everyone else.
The Apartment won five Oscars in 1961 including Best Picture, and is Billy Wilder?s finest achievement. There has never been a film quite like it, which is as fine a tribute as Hollywood makes.
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Deservedly a classicBy a customer , 12 Jun 2011One of those classic night-in films. Easy to watch, well acted, good production and entertaining story although it didn't know when to finish.
CC Baxter's predicament is one in which we hope never to find ourselves and likely won't but we still empathise with the predicament in which he finds himself.
Entertaining and movingBy Bassman71 (701 reviews) from Didsbury, England , 06 Apr 2011Man lets executives use his apartment for entertaining mistresses, works his way up company ladder in return, in love with lift girl, she has complications, man helps her, more complications.
Sixties romantic comedy with a dark edge that both entertains & moves.
I love Jack Lemmon so wasn't disappointed but the rest of the cast are also excellent & Shirley MacLaine is stunning yet fragile.
Some of the work ethics are a little dated but the whole story still stands up well today.
Charming and FunBy brianw4815 (122 reviews) from United Kingdom , 03 Feb 2011C.C Baxtor is a quirky, lively and somewhat spineless employee working for an insurance company in New York. Though loved by his peers and popular in the workplace, this does not come without cost - the only way that Baxtor can stay in their favour is by offering up his living-space nearly every night of the week. As he grows more and more tired of these intrusions and more and more enfatuated by the beautiful Fran Kublik, Baxtor is forced to make the choice between success and self-respect.
The characters are fun, likeable, humourous and entertaining. Definitely recommended.
Liked it a lot!By Shaloma (3 reviews) from London , 17 Jan 2011Sorry I am not more original with that one, but I really liked it! It was fun to watch,(specially for those liking the 60's set up like me). It made me forget the rest of the world, which is quite nice to do sometimes!! I am glad I saw this film!
Surprisingly InsightfulBy a customer from London , 11 Jan 2011I was pleasantly surprised when I at last got around to watching this. The movie is shockingly insightful; not really what you might expect from this era. The shameless Lemmon character rings true as he gives up his apartment to further his career. The apartment users seem without qualms and easily compartmentalize their lives. The over-riding theme is one of utter selfishness with no thought of possible hurt to others: the apartment users don't care about their wives, their girlfriends or Baxter, as long as they get what they want. Baxter isn't too concerned about the girls or wives either, he just wants to get a promotion. An excellent movie.