The Apartment

The Apartment

DVD - 2007 | Collector's ed. widescreen version
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C.C. "Bud" Baxter knows the way to success in business-- it's through the door of his apartment. By providing a perfect hideaway for philandering bosses, the ambitious young employee reaps a series of undeserved promotions. But when Bud lends the key to big boss J.D. Sheldrake, he not only advances his career, but his own love life as well. For Sheldrake's mistress is the lovely Fran Kubelik, elevator girl and angel of Bud's dreams. Convinced that he is the only man for Fran, Bud must make the most important executive decision of his career: lose the girl-- or his job.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, CA : MGM DVD : Distributed by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, c2007
Edition: Collector's ed. widescreen version
Branch Call Number: DVD A COMEDY (NFR)
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (125 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in

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Writer/director Billy Wilder was known for his snappy dialogue. And this film is the snappiest of them all. Though a comedy, it has darker, sobering moments that lend it enough gravitas to be a serious Best Picture star.


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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Sep 25, 2019

The Apartment was directed by Billy Wilder in 1960, which won Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Screenplay. The story was nothing special and I didn't find any humour. Although, many people love this film, nobody realizes how the masses followed its example, subsequent to its release significantly impacting moral values harmfully. The Apartment is about a low-level employee by the name of C.C. Baxter (played by Jack Lemmon) who lends out his apartment to married men in upper management so they can commit adulterous affairs and feel no shame on cheating on their wives. Sounds familiar? Outdated, it certainly is not. It promotes infidelity, one of the primary traits of our perverted culture. Infidelity is a devastating act of betrayal and this 1960 movie planted the first seed of decadence, an opportunity to demolish modest family traditions and enter modern decadent values. A handful of people in Los Angeles systemically employ manipulation techniques on the IGNOR-ant masses in films such as The Apartment. Half of the movies in the 60s promoted divorce right before the divorce rates escalated rapidly. https://divorcescience.org/for-students/graph-of-us-divorce-rate-1887-2009/ Movies such as Divorce American Style (released in 1967) sold this lifestyle, which was an avalanche of non-stop degeneracy. Movie after movie treated marriage like an outdated ritual. So what is outdated about the Apartment as so many people may think? It is in black and white and there was a lot of carefully coded talk considering the moral values of the people during that era. Strangely, during the 60s there was more coded talk and less offended people. Today, the masses embrace decadence and everybody is so offended, while depravity and immorality is tremendously endorsed, exposed, free and accessible for all audiences, and travesty, and perversion is broadcasted to all living entities. In the film, the bosses are solipsists, the alleged hero is disillusioned, and the women are treated like sex workers. The depravity continues to persist. Marriages are stereotyped by Hollywood as oppressive for women and as an outdated ritual. Young women like myself are being deceived so their children become victim to perverted predators, an unacceptable lifestyle for now. The next seed of decadence is being planted and will be referenced so repeatedly in pop culture and saturated into our minds so that we accept this degeneracy similar to how most of Western culture eventually approved of infidelity and divorce. 1/5 stars
@janmarrow1225 of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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iloveseaotters
May 24, 2019

Oh wow, I love this movie! Shirley McClaine and Jack Lemmon make the perfect "non-couple". This movie has everything; romance, suspense, drama and humor. Wonderfully made and I highly recommend it, if only for the amazing cast!

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ThomasJWhiting
Oct 31, 2018

VERY GOOD 1960 romantic comedy-drama film in B/W with fine performances by Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Fred MacMurray and others. Interesting setting in VERY large scale NYC insurance company with hundreds of workers sitting at desks on each floor of a VERY tall building. Film provides interesting view into work romances, etc. of that period.

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RescueDog
Jul 07, 2018

Great movie.

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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.

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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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