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The Apartment

(DVD - 2007)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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How far will a man go to climb the corporate ladder? C. C. 'Bud' Baxter, a lowly insurance clerk, has a trump card: his apartment. He "loans" it out to married company executives for secret trysts. In return, he's well looked after, although he does grapple with his conscience. One day he asks out one of the elevator girls, Miss Kubelik, but she stands him up because of a crisis in her relationship with the big boss, Mr. Sheldrake. On Christmas Eve, Miss Kubelik realizes she is only the most recent in a long line of girls, with possibly disastrous consequences. Bud intervenes, which may give each of them a chance to be more than another faceless employee in a heartless corporation.
Title: The apartment
[videorecording]
Publisher: Culver City, CA : Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer ; Beverly Hills, CA : Distributed by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, c2007
Edition: Collector's ed., widescreen presentation
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (125 min.) :,sd., b&w ;,4 3/4 in
Statement of Responsibility: Metro Goldwyn Mayer ; The Mirisch Company, Inc. presents ; written by Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond ; produced and directed by Billy Wilder
Notes: Originally produced as an American motion picture in 1960
Special features: Commentary with film historian Bruce Block [audio feature]; Inside "The Apartment" [featurette] (30 min.); Magic time: The art of Jack Lemmon [featurette] (13 min.)
Number of discs, special features, and language options may vary by copy
Contents: Main titles
TV dinner
Killing time
Be my guest
Two and a half colds
Scheduling problems
Why so popular?
All sorts of things
Like old times
Trust me
Selfish and ungrateful
Broken mirror
Drowning their sorrows
Million laughs
O-U-T
Coffee and a prayer
Be a mensch
Person-to-person
So ashamed
Chicken soup and gin
Jackpot
Lunch date
Out of her system
Brother-in-law
Footprint in the sand
Kick in the head
All washed up
Ring in the new
Summary: How far will a man go to climb the corporate ladder? C. C. 'Bud' Baxter, a lowly insurance clerk, has a trump card: his apartment. He "loans" it out to married company executives for secret trysts. In return, he's well looked after, although he does grapple with his conscience. One day he asks out one of the elevator girls, Miss Kubelik, but she stands him up because of a crisis in her relationship with the big boss, Mr. Sheldrake. On Christmas Eve, Miss Kubelik realizes she is only the most recent in a long line of girls, with possibly disastrous consequences. Bud intervenes, which may give each of them a chance to be more than another faceless employee in a heartless corporation.
Awards & Distinctions: Winner, 1961 Academy Awards for Best Art Direction/Set Decoration, Black-and-White: Alexandre Trauner, Edward G. Boyle; Best Film Editing: Daniel Mandell; Best Writing, Story and Screenplay-Written Directly for the Screen: Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond; Best Director: Billy Wilder; Best Picture: Billy Wilder
Branch Call Number: DVD Comedy APARTMENT
Credits: Director of photography, Joseph LaShelle ; music by Adolph Deutsch ; art director, Alexander Trauner ; film editor, Daniel Mandell.
Performers: Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Fred MacMurray, Ray Walston, Jack Kruschen, David Lewis, Hope Holiday, Joan Shawlee, Naomi Stevens, Johnny Seven, Joyce Jameson, Willard Waterman, David White, Edie Adams.
System Details: DVD; Region 1, NTSC; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround, Dolby digital mono; widescreen, aspect ratio 2.35:1
Other Language: In English, dubbed French or Spanish, with optional subtitles in English or Spanish; closed-captioned
Subject Headings: Love Drama Clerks Drama Loneliness Drama Adultery Drama Apartments Drama Women Conduct of life Drama Man-woman relationships Drama Insurance companies Employees Drama New York (N.Y.) Drama Apartamentos Nueva York (Estado) Nueva York Teatro. bidex Relaciones hombre-mujer Nueva York (Estado) Nueva York Teatro. bidex
Genre/Form: Feature films
Romantic comedy films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Topical Term: Love
Clerks
Loneliness
Adultery
Apartments
Women
Man-woman relationships
Insurance companies
Apartamentos
Relaciones hombre-mujer
Publisher No: 110080 MGM DVD
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Sweet, poignant, and wonderful. Everyone is taking advantage of Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine.


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Nov 25, 2013
  • Ron@Ottawa rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Jul 19, 2013
  • rslade rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Jun 09, 2013
  • d2013 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A classic gem. Both are excellent in this movie. Two amazing actors. Great comedy.

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A masterful Oscar winning Best Picture from legendary co-writer/director Billy Wilder. He wanted to make a film on adultery in the '40s, but it was forbidden by the then powerful Hays (morality) Code. I love this rom-com not only for its brilliant script, but for the 1960 time capsule it depicts. Warehouse-like simulated woodgrain paneled offices full of grey flanneled everymen (and women) working for $94.70 a week, and paying rent for $85.00 a month; Marilyn wannabes; kids dreaming of rocket ships to the moon; cocktail drinkers and ciggy smokers galore (nothing unique there, I guess)... Only 52 years ago, but it seems like so much longer. The terrific cast delivers superb performances, e.g.: buddy boy to mensch Lemmon; MacMurray as the head of the infidels; and the prize all the Consolidated Insurance schnooks drool over, the lovable and gorgeous elevator 'girl' Shirley Maclaine. Terrific the way the ending crumbled... cookie-wise. This is one of those classics you can watch again and again over the years. FIVE STARS.

Nov 11, 2011
  • pmmer rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This movie was quite surprising...in a good way. You would not think a movie like this would have been made in the 60s, but I suppose it goes with the 60s free love era. It follows CC Baxter (Jack Lemmon) in his quest to move up the corporate ladder. To do this he "pimps out" (for lack of a better term) his apartment so his bosses have a private/discreet place to bring their mistresses. As he moves up the ladder, he finds love, but getting the girl isn't all that easy!

This movie is funny, a little bit sad, but definitely not run of the mill. A must see.

Jul 18, 2011
  • Bookworm39 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A Classic movie at the start of Shirley Mclaine and Jack Lemon's careers. Very good.

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Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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..."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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)

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

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