The Apartment (1960)


apartment“I was jinxed from the word go. The first time I was ever kissed was in a cemetery.” – Fran Kubelik

Number of Times Seen – At least 10 times (on cable in the 90’s, video, DVD, 15 Jul 2001 and 10 Dec 2013)

Brief Synopsis – A young account executive in a big NYC firm tries to get ahead by lending his apartment to the company’s top executives for trysts with their mistresses.  Things get complicated when he unknowingly falls in love with one of the mistresses.

My Take on it –  This is one of my favorite movies.  The 3 leads (Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine and Fred MacMurray) are all excellent.

This movie takes the idea of getting ahead in business world and extramarital affairs to a new level. The script here (written by director Billy Wilder) is written so well that they were able to get the perfect blend between drama and comedy that keeps the subject matter serious, but has numerous “zingers” and “one-liners” added that constantly deliver.

The casting of MacMurray here is a true coup since he is widely known for his work as an endearing father figure.  This role blew that image away since he is the complete opposite here and it works so well.

The chemistry between Lemmon and MacLaine is perfect here and the dialogue written by Wilder just flows out of them naturally.

Winner of 5 (of 10) Oscars: Picture, Director, Original Screenplay, Art Direction and Film Editing.  It lost Cinematography, Sound, Actor (Lemmon), Actress (MacLaine) and Supporting Actor (Jack Kruschen).

Definitely one of the best movies ever made IMHO.

Bottom Line – Excellent movie, has the perfect blend of drama and comedy, written extremely well by Billy Wilder. Highly recommended!

Rating – Oscar Worthy

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