Widely regarded as a comedy in 1960, The Apartment seems more melancholy with each passing year. Jack Lemmon plays C.C. Baxter, a go-getting office worker who loans his tiny apartment to his philandering superiors for their romantic trysts. He runs into trouble when he finds himself sharing a girlfriend (Shirley MacLaine) with his callous boss (Fred MacMurray). Director/co-writer Billy Wilder claimed that the idea for The Apartment stemmed from a short scene in the 1945 romantic drama Brief Encounter in which the illicit lovers (Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson) arrange a rendezvous in a third person's apartment. Wilder was intrigued about what sort of person would willingly vacate his residence to allow virtual strangers a playing field for hanky panky. His answer to that question wound up winning 6 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay. The Apartment was adapted by Neil Simon and Burt Bacharach into the 1969 Broadway musical Promises, Promises. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
This is a charming slow paced movie that tears at your heart. Shirley McLaine and Jack Lemmon's acting is a genuine portrayal of two people who are being used by society or allow themselves to be used.
The strongest evidence of the endurance of The Apartment is the popularity of the current cable hit, Mad Men, which is frighteningly faithful to the whole Grey Flannel Suit era of Madison Avenue in pre-Kennedy New York. The Apartment is, of course, the better of the two, and the morality of the characters is as strengthening as ever. One of my personal Top Ten favorites.
While the subject matter is poignant, the story ends well. Jack Lemmon is terribly funny and adorable as a walked-over bachelor trying to make good at the office by lending his apartment to the big whigs for their girls. Shirley MacLaine is wonderful with a great haircut! Wonderful movie and worth watching and owning!
This is one of my favorite films of all time! All the performances are spot-on; the dialogue is fast and witty. A great movie to watch during the Christmas/New Year holidays as that is when the action of this serio-comic film takes place. I saw this film for the first time when I was about 13 years old (in the 1970's) and it made a great impression on me. I rewatch it every year. And that's the way it crumbles...cookie-wise.
One of the best movies of it's type. Jack Lemmon and Shirly MacLaine are perfect on their roles. If you like intelligent and funny social commentary, this, "Some Like It Hot", and "Irma La Duce." are all great pics from this time.
The Apartment is very much a 50's kind of movie, so in that sense, nothing too exciting here. However, if you'd like a look at the type of work and screen that Jack Lemmon did, this is excellent. Probably the same can be said for Shirley Mclaine , so a good view of both of them.