The Apartment

The Apartment
Comedy, RomanceDrama
1960

Director: Billy Wilder Cast: 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

Academy Awards: Best Picture; Best Director (Billy Wilder); Best Original Screenplay (Billy Wilder & I.A.L. Diamond); Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White; Best Film Editing

Also Nominated For: Best Actor in a Leading Role (Jack Lemmon); Best Actress in a Leading Role (Shirley MacLaine); Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Jack Kruschen); Best Cinematography, Black-and-White; Best Sound

I First Saw In: c. 2010

Synopsis: 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.

Did You Know? This was the last entirely black-and-white film to win Best Picture until 2011 when The Artist won. Schindler’s List won for 1993, but there were some scenes that had a little colour.

And now a Word from the Guise:
This movie really doesn’t do anything for me. Why on earth should I care about a man who uses the infidelity of his bosses to get ahead in his company. It’s not serious enough to be a drama, and it’s certainly not farcical enough to be a comedy. It’s simply flat, dull, plebeian.

Oh look, here’s Shirley MacLaine taking a bunch of pills to cope with something that’s mildly disappointing. I am so sick of women being depicted as fragile creatures whose entire lives revolve around men.

Oscar Madness Ranking – ??? out of 233

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