Discussion of movies and ReelThoughts topics

It is currently Fri Dec 19, 2014 5:19 pm




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 1 post ] 
“The Apartment” (1960) 
Author Message
Post “The Apartment” (1960)
“The Apartment” (1960)

CC Baxter (Jack Lemmon) is a rising corporate star. While he is good at his job, his primary appeal to those promoting him is the free use of his well-stocked apartment by those seeking a pad for extramarital affairs or one-night stands. His neighbors think he is a hard-drinking womanizer. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. Baxter is married to his work and bent on climbing the ladder to the top. His single crush is Fran Kubelik (Shirley MaClaine) the elevator girl in his office building. After Baxter spends an exhausting night locked out of his apartment in the rain, his work phone rings and he is summoned to the corporate office. The head, Jeff Sheldrake (Fred MacMurray) is on to Baxter’s rapid rise. He knows about the apartment and its influence on those reviewing Baxter’s work. This could end his career. There’s a catch; a big one. It involves Baxter, Fran, Sheldrake and the apartment. From here the tone shifts notably from wacky giggle-fest to something more somber. Shirley MacLaine inhabits Fran with a wonderful combination of naiveté and intelligence; frailty and strength. Jack Lemmon wonderfully plays the straight man amid the craziness of booking his pad nightly, and frequently more than a week in advance. Again, Director Billy Wilder has made me smile and seek more.

Awf Hand gives 4 out of 4 stars. For those looking back at an anthology of Lemmon’s pre-“Grumpy” days, this touching film a just the right blend of wackiness and intelligence.


Tue Nov 16, 2010 10:46 am
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 1 post ] 


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 0 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group.
Designed by Vjacheslav Trushkin for Free Forum/DivisionCore.
Translated by Xaphos © 2007, 2008, 2009 phpBB.fr