The Apartment

The Apartment

DVD - 2007
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An ambitious insurance clerk lets the company executives use his apartment for their affairs, and discovers that one of them is seeing the girl he has fallen for.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, CA : Distributed by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2007]
Edition: Collector's ed. --
Branch Call Number: DVD Comedy / Apart 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 125 min.) :,sd., b&w ;,12 cm., in container

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wiredonjava
Jul 17, 2017

Jack Lemmon was adorable in this 1960 comedy/drama/romance.

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danrothschild
Feb 25, 2017

Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond are, unquestionably, two of the giants of American cinema. The duo collaborated on a total of eleven films, several of which (Some Like It Hot, Love in the Afternoon and the undeservedly-underappreciated Fedora, to name just three) are rightly regarded as immortal classics of world cinema.

But they accomplished something truly special, and spectacular, with The Apartment.

No one, past or present, has ever written dialog as witty, sophisticated, wearily knowing and heartbreakingly touching as Wilder and Diamond (who were, rightly, awarded the Oscar for Best Writing (Original Screenplay) for this piece). The breathtaking comedic and dramatic range of two of the American cinema's greatest actors, Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine, is on full display in every scene in which they appear. Wilder's fanatical attention to mise-en-scène (which garnered the film the Oscar for Best Art Direction-Set Direction, Black-and-White) and Joseph LaShelle's truly stunning cinematography (nominated for Best Cinematography) make every frame a visual delight.

Wilder rightly won Best Director (and the film, Best Picture). This is a must-see film for those interested in the best of American cinema. Five stars simply isn't enough.

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mswrite
Dec 28, 2016

Billy Wilder made movies that were hilariously serious if you get my meaning. Like Hitchcock he got round the clueless moral arbiters of the day in sly and stylish ways. This film is one of Wilder's best, a satiric look at adulterous adults, the costs of ambition, and the complexities of love and friendship.
Shirley MacLaine is at her quirky, tough-tender best as the big city career girl whose knowing wisecracks hide a weary, vulnerable heart. "My Three Sons" Everyman Fred MacMurray is a revelation as the cynical corporate honcho whose perfected art of saying all the right things to the girl he loves without meaning one word of it pushes her to an unthinkable extreme. And rascally Jack Lemmon is both comic and endearing as the eager office newbie resigned to rising through the ranks by any means necessary until his encounters with the disillusioned Fran reawakens his basic decency.

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jbolta
Feb 13, 2016

Not funny!

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fdb045
Jan 28, 2016

Arguably, one of the best movies of all time and, arguably, the best movie by the masterful Billy Wilder. Not to be missed.

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mooncakedong
Jan 21, 2016

Both my partner and I enjoyed it very much. Light-hearted story in a very smooth and genuine way. Good acting with many funny lines. Didn't expect we enjoy this 60s production that much. It inspires us to search for more B/W classics to watch.

madison382 Feb 09, 2015

Excellent movie, they don't make movies like this anymore.

arlene0725 Jan 22, 2015

Wow, I didn't know that Shirley MacLaine was hot stuff when she was younger. This was a good film and ahead of its time. I liked her too in her guest starring in 'Downton Abbey.'

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Ron@Ottawa
Nov 25, 2013

This is a great film by director Billy Wilder, featuring young Lemmon and MacLaine. An underdog finally stands up to face the big guys, and wins his girl at the same time. You can say it is a comedy, but it is a 'sad' comedy in my view. The ending is uplifting, though. Shot in black and white, this 1960 film of romance has stood the test of time, and remains one of my top favourites from the Lemmon/MacLaine combo. Highly recommended.

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rslade
Jul 19, 2013

Funny, sweet, poignant, great acting, good plot. What's not to like? A classic, and deservedly so. Lemmon's acting rivals his job in "The China Syndrome," and MacLaine shows why she was a star.

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Monolith
Jul 21, 2012

C.C. Baxter: "That's the way it crumbles... cookie-wise."

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Monolith
Jul 21, 2012

J.D. Sheldrake (after Fran gives him his Christmas present): "...Oh, I have a present for you, I... I didn't quite know what to get ya... besides, it's kinda awkward for me shopping... so uh, here's a hundred dollars, you go and buy yourself something..." (Fran GLARES at him, he puts the bill down)

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Monolith
Jul 21, 2012

Kirkeby (sees Fran sleeping in Baxter's bedroom): "...So you hit the jackpot, eh kid? I mean Kubelik-wise."

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Monolith
Jul 21, 2012

Fran Kubelik: "Why do people have to love people anyway?"

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Monolith
Jul 21, 2012

Fran Kubelik: "I was jinxed from the word go. The first time I was ever kissed was in a cemetery"

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Monolith
Jul 21, 2012

Fran Kubelik (on Sheldrake): "He's a taker." C.C. Baxter: "A what?" Fran Kubelik: "Some people take, some people get took. And they know they're getting took and there's nothing they can do about it."

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Monolith
Jul 21, 2012

Fran Kubelik: "...What'd you do with the cards?" C.C. Baxter: "In there! (she gets them, and starts shuffling) ...What about Mr. Sheldrake?" Fran Kubelik: "I'll send him a fruitcake every Christmas. (she puts the deck down) Cut." C.C. Baxter: "I love you Miss Kubelik." Fran Kubelik (looks at her cut, then his): "Three... Queen." C.C. Baxter: "Did you hear what I said, Miss Kubelik? I absolutely adore you." Fran Kubelik (smirking): "Shut up and deal..."

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