The Apartment (1960)
Genre: Romantic Comedy, Drama,
Director: Billy Wilder
Cast: Jack Lemmon, Shirley McLaine
Music: Adolph Deutsch
The concepts are refreshing, the performances hitting a perfect pitch, and themes still topical to this day.
C.C. Baxter (Lemmon) is trying to work his way to the top of the food chain, differentiating himself from his fellow peers by allowing his bosses to use his apartment for their extra-marital affairs as he toils away back at the office. The situation seems to be working well when Baxter puts two and two together, realising the elevator girl, Fran Kubelik (McLaine), who he has a crush on is one of the girls having an affair. Baxter finds himself in a web of deceit and immorality and tries his utmost to cut himself and Fran free from the ensuing catastrophe.
An absolute gem of cinema. When one is traipsing through the back catalogue of cinema to improve his/her knowledge on the medium, the pictures that stick out in one’s memory are the one’s that are truly innovative and refined stories that most likely will never become dated. They seem to capture the true essence of the human condition and masterfully twist it into a form that is truly entertaining to experience.Films such as His Girl Friday, It’s A Wonderful Life, and The Apartment are all up there in that hall of fame.
Wilder, a true virtuoso in the medium of filmmaking tested the boundaries with this film back in 1960 when there were such rules and conventions enforced in cinema that restricted footage of a man and woman in bed together. He pushed and was rewarded with an academy award for best picture.
She hands the deck to Bud.
Did you hear what I said, Miss Kubelik? I absolutely adore you.
Shut up and deal!
Bud begins to deal, never taking his eyes off her. Fran removes her coat, starts picking up her cards and arranging them. Bud, a look of pure joy on his face, deals — and deals — and keeps dealing.