THE APARTMENT (1960)









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Brief Movie Synopsis [courtesy of The Internet Movie Database]:

A man tries to rise in his company by letting its
executives use his apartment for trysts, but
complications and a romance of his own ensue.
10 Oscar nominations, with 5 wins,
including Best Picture of 1960.






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"You might not think a movie about a fellow who lends his rooms to the married executives of his office as a place for their secret love affairs would make a particularly funny or morally presentable show, especially when the young fellow uses the means to get advanced in his job. But under the clever supervision of Billy Wilder...'The Apartment'...is...a gleeful, tender and even sentimental film. And it is kept on the side of taste and humor by the grand performance of Jack Lemmon in the principal role. .... Mr. Wilder has done
more than write the film. His direction is ingenious and sure, sparkled by brilliant little touches and kept to a tight, sardonic line. In addition to
Mr. Lemmon's, there's a splendid performance by Shirley MacLaine...
and a good one by Fred MacMurray."

-- Excerpt from The New York Times; June 16, 1960







"['The Apartment'] was...a key film for Shirley MacLaine. .... What is particularly good about her Miss Kubelik is the way she doesn't make
her a ditzy dame who falls for a smooth talker. .... The underlying
seriousness of MacLaine's performance helps anchor the picture--it
raises the stakes, and steers it away from any tendency to become
musical beds. .... There is a wonderful, wicked, delicacy in the
way [Director Billy] Wilder handles the final scene, and finds the
right tender-tough note in the last lines of the screenplay."

-- Roger Ebert; July 22, 2001







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