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The Apartment [Blu-ray] [Canadian; French]

  • Blu-ray
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Billy Wilder's THE APARTMENT blends his customary harsh cynicism with a humane streak that appears only fleetingly in his films. It stars Jack Lemmon as C.C. Baxter, an office clerk who curries favor with the executives in his office by giving them the key to his small apartment for the odd afternoon dalliance. Among them his is his callous boss, J.D. Sheldrake (Fred MacMurray), who Baxter eventually learns is using his place to sleep with Miss Kubelik (Shirley MacLaine), the sweet elevator operator the clerk has loved from afar. When Sheldrake coldly dumps the vulnerable young woman, she tries to commit suicide, but is saved by the intervention of Baxter. As the clerk lovingly nurses the young woman back to health he begins to realize, with the help of epigrammatic neighbor Dr. Dreyfuss (Jack Kruschen), exactly how much of a fool he has been. Wilder brilliant depiction of the average American office as a place of brutality, coldness, and alienation conjure up Kafka and Marx. The director seduces the audience into what appears to be an unusually frank sex comedy, but turns the tables in displaying the consequences of the executive's cold indifference. Lemmon and MacLaine both give career performances and MacMurray is memorable as the blandly smiling snake.

    Academy Awards Best Art Direction - Set Decoration (b&w) 1960
    Academy Awards Best Film Editing 1960
    Academy Awards Best Picture 1960
    Academy Awards Best Director 1960 Billy Wilder Director/screenwriter/producer
    Academy Awards Best Original Screenplay 1960 Billy Wilder Director/screenwriter/producer
    Academy Awards Best Original Screenplay 1960 I. A. L. Diamond Screenwriter/Collaborator of Billy Wilder

  • Credits
    Jack Lemmon, John Uhler Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Shirley MacLaine Beaty, Fred MacMurray, Edie Adams, Edythe Adams, Elizabeth Edit Enke, Ray Walston, Jack Kruschen, Joan Shawlee, Hope Holiday, Naomi Stevens, Joyce Jameson, David Lewis
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Fresh....[MacLaine's performance] breaks through Lemmon's brittle good cheer..." -- Rating: A-
    Entertainment Weekly

    5 stars out of 5 -- "Lemmon gives on of his best performances ever, in a part written specifically for him..."
    Ultimate DVD

    "...This seductive, bittersweet 1960 classic was Billy Wilder's last great film....Its layers of satire and genuine tenderness resonate..." -- 5 out of 5 stars
    Total Film

    "By the time he made THE APARTMENT, Wilder had become a master at a kind of sardonic, satiric comedy that had sadness at its center."
    Chicago Sun-Times

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