7 months ago
Movie-wise, there has never been
anything like “The Apartment" - laugh-wise, love-wise, or otherwise-wise!
One of the most successfully made romantic comedies/dramas is arguably director Billy Wilder’s single greatest accomplishment: The Apartment (1960). Fortunately, the Academy had enough good taste in 1961 to award Mr. Wilder The Triple Crown of movie awards for his work on this film: Best Picture/Director/Screenplay. And rightfully so. This film won’t have you laughing up a storm like, say, a Mel Brooks film might, but this film puts forth its humor in a subtle and nuanced, yet compelling way that makes you automatically fall in love with it. The true stars are undoubtedly the incomparably humorous Jack Lemmon (as C.C. Baxter) and the glowingly talented Shirley MacLaine (as Fran Kubelik), with both being, if you ask me, at their peaks in this film. However, one must not shield their eyes from the rest of the top-notch cast in this classic film including Fred MacMurray (as Jeff D. Sheldrake) and a young, wisecracking, hilarious Ray Walston (as Joe Dobisch). Cinematography is another impressive accolade of this film. For me, it was hard to believe a film shot this impeccably was made in 1960. The wide camera shots allow the viewer to become fully immersed in the sensual, dramatic, and hilarious scenes, or take note of the little nuances mentioned previously that surround this film. Lastly, the film’s impeccably written dialogue is truly some of the best dialogue featured in 20th century film. Humorous, romantic, and dramatic, The Apartment is truly one of the titans of both film and its history, and ought to be appreciated highly as such. A film more than well worth your time and consideration.