Sunday, May 23, 2010

#153 The Apartment (1960)


Director: Billy Wilder

Cast: Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Fred MacMurray, Ray Walston, David Lewis, Hope Holiday

C.C. Baxter (Jack Lemmon) is a young man who is trying to work his way to the top of the corporate ladder. How does he do it? By lending his superiors the key to his apartment, so they have a place to take their mistresses, of course. All seems to go well until he falls for his new bosses' girlfriend--played by Shirley MacLaine.

Light-hearted and fun, the film takes a surprising dark turn when suicide attempts, loneliness, and heartbreak come into the picture.

Jack Lemmon is handsome and funny--hard to believe, considering I first saw him in Grumpy Old Men.

The whole time I was watching the film, I was trying to understand how this film received 10 Oscar nominations. In the end, I really did enjoy the film, but it wasn't the kind of movie to stick with you for long. A snack movie. Between lunch and dinner. But still delicious.

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