The Apartment

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Year:
1960
Running time:
125 minutes
Studio:
MGM
Territory:
Worldwide
Directed by:
Billy Wilder
Starring:
Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Fred MacMurray
Digital Cinema
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Description

C.C. Baxter is an office clerk who carries favour with the executives in his office by giving them the key to his small apartment for the odd afternoon dalliance. Among them is his callous boss, J.D. Sheldrake, who Baxter eventually learns is using his place to sleep with Miss Kubelik, the sweet elevator operator the clerk has loved from afar. When Sheldrake coldly dumps the vulnerable young woman, she tries to commit suicide, but is saved by the intervention of Baxter. Lemmon and MacLaine both give career performances and Fred MacMurray is memorable as the blandly smiling snake.

Genre

Romance

What the press said

***** "Billy Wilder's The Apartment (1960) is a big-city satire with a romantic heart of gold: it's a welcome re-release" The Guardian

***** "The more you see it, the more desperate the film becomes – yet you never tire of it." The Independent

***** "Comic charm and caustic humour ensure Billy Wilder’s Oscar-winning film is as appealing as ever" The List

***** Total Film

**** "A welcome rerelease...Go see it." The Times

**** "Wilder's supreme skill at balancing light with dark is almost unsurpassed, and is the perfect fit for the chameleon-like talents of both Lemmon and MacLaine." CineVue

"A welcome return to the big screen of Wilder's masterly Brechtian fable" Philip French, The Observer

"Billy Wilder provides a masterclass in marrying social observation with sympathetic acting and slick technique in The Apartment" The Oxford Times

Awards

Academy Awards:

  • Best Picture
  • Best Director - Billy Wilder 
  • Best Film Editing
  • Best Writing, Story and Screenplay - Written Directly for the Screen
  • Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White

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