January is my birthday month, so I decided that I would try and do something quite unique and special for this milestone in my life. I will be turning 46, so I decided to watch 47 (46+1 for go od luck) of my all time favorite movies in a random order over the course of this month. I have reviewed every one of these films already, but I will now give new perspectives on them all. Every one of these films received a 10/10 scoring from me. Some of these reviews will contain spoilers so if you have never seen them before, I recommend that you read some of my previous reviews of the film that were spoiler free before reading on…
Hope you enjoy!
This is film #36 of the 47.
Let’s continue with… The Apartment (1960)
Initial Viewing Memories – Came across this by accident while going through Oscar winning films and immediately fell in love with teh way this story plays out as a romantic comedy.
“I don’t know what you did to that girl in there – and don’t tell me – but it was bound to happen, the way you carry on. Live now, pay later. Diner’s Club! Why don’t you grow up, Baxter? Be a mensch! You know what that means?” – Dr. Dreyfuss
“I’m not sure.” – CC Baxter
“A mensch – a human being!” – Dr. Dreyfuss
Number of Times Seen – At least 10 times (on cable in the 90’s, video, DVD, 15 Jul 2001, 10 Dec 2013 and 22 Jan 2020)
Link to original review – Here
Brief Synopsis – A lowly executive tries to climb the corporate ladder by allowing his bosses to use his apartment for their extramarital liaisons but things become more complicated when he falls in love with one of the girls.
My Take on it – Such a fun romantic comedy that finds a way to stay fascinating the whole way through.
The chemistry between Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacClaine is amazing and helps make this story feel even more plausible.
In addition, I love the sleazy character that Fred MacMurray plays here because I’m so use to seeing him as a wholesome family man in the TV show My Three Sons and he plays this character perfectly here.
The characters are created in a very quirky way yet they still are easy for the viewer to relate to because they seem so real.
The story is a simple one, yet it works so well largely due to the exquisite dialogue that is delivered in rapid fire succession by the characters.
The plot is quite timeless and is still one that could be very relevant to today’s world which is amazing since it shows that certain things don’t change very much even after 60 years.
The dialogue is filled with lots of innuendo and code that also shows that despite this film being made 6 decades ago, the ideas of love, sex, flirtations, affairs and ultimately wishing to not be alone in the world still resonates no matter when or where a story takes place.
This film is further proof at how much of a genius Director/Writer Billy Wilder was since he writes such a wonderful and charming story here.
His mixture of drama, romance and comedy here is the basis for so many other films that followed suit in the years and decades following.
A very deserving Best Picture nominee because of its message about life and love which still remains very true even today.
This is among my all time favorite romantic comedies.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Billy Wilder originally thought of the idea for the film after seeing Brief Encounter (1945) and wondering about the plight of a character unseen in that film. Shirley MacLaine was only given forty pages of the script because Wilder didn’t want her to know how the story would turn out. She thought it was because the script wasn’t finished. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)
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