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Black & White; Closed Captioned; Widescreen; Soundtrack English; Soundtrack French; Soundtrack Spanish; Academy Awards; Spanish Subtitles; French Subtitles; Sensor Matic
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Apartment review Product Description

Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Fred Murray, Edie Adams, Jack Kruschen, Ray Walston - Dir:Billy Wilder Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine and Fred MacMurray are superb in director Billy Wilder's tale of love and ambition in the world of big business that went on to garner a Best Picture Oscar.

Billy Wilder's THE APARTMENT blends his customary harsh cynicism with a humane streak that appears only fleetingly in his films.   ...See Full Description

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Average Rating:5 stars
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"That's just the way it crumbles . . . cookie-wise."
"The Apartment" is a dirty fairy tale as only Billy Wilder can tell them, a bouncing comedy that handles a frankly sordid theme with intelligence and compassion. Its message is that a young man who lets his bosses use his apartment to carry out extramarital affairs is operating in the best American tradition of individual initiative and enterprise. The dialogue is frank; the picture has atmosphere; and it creates a feeling about people. Bud Baxter (Jack Lemmon) is just another night-school diploma in the personnel files of a big insurance company in New York until the fateful day when it dawn on him that if his own virtues aren't enough to get ahead; other people's vices might help. He lends his apartment to a department head who is having an affair with a telephone operator. Soon he is slipping his key to four philandering executives. His superiors write glowing reports on his work, and the reports soon come to the attention of the big boss (Fred MacMurray). "Baxter, as far as I'm concerned, you're executive material," he says . . . because he wants the key too. Before long, Baxter is an assistant to the boss. Suddenly he discovers that he has outsmarted himself—-the girl that his boss takes to his apartment (Shirley MacLaine) is the girl of his dreams. In "Some Like it Hot", Wilder achieved humanity through parody; in "The Apartment" he achieves it through a moral balance. There are no villains in "The Apartment". The closest one comes to a villain is Sheldrake (MacMurray), a name that must have personal significance for Wilder since there is a Sheldrake in "Sunset Boulevard", "Ace in the Hole", and "Kiss Me, Stupid". In the film he is the familiar suburban adulterer: the respectable husband and father who is never on time for dinner because he is with his secretary, or, when he tires of her, with elevator operator Fran (MacLaine). Inevitably, Sheldrake will pay for his adultery; if anything "The Apartment" is a moral fairy tale because Sheldrake pays doubly. Thus Sheldrake's ex-secretary/mistress informs Mrs. Sheldrake of her husband's infidelity with Fran and she throws him out of the house. However, now that he is available, Fran is not. While it may be hard to imagine now, "The Apartment" actually shocked some moviegoers upon its initial release. The problem wasn't the central premise—an ambitious office worker performs dubious favors in exchange for career advancement—but the actual treatment of it. In the hands of writer-director Billy Wilder and his collaborator, scenarist I.A.L. Diamond, "The Apartment" became a razor-sharp farce that equated corporate success with immorality. Actually, filmmakers in communist Russia viewed it as an indictment against capitalism. The central character, "Bud" Baxter, is actually little more than a pimp for upper management while the girl of his dreams, elevator operator Fran Kubelik, is a demoralized working girl whose solution to a failed love affair is to commit suicide. These are not the most wholesome characters in the world and we're talking about the hero and heroine of the film! However, as played by Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine, Bud and Fran not only win the audience's sympathy but also charm them in the process. The most astonishing thing about "The Apartment" is how Billy Wilder manages to keep the tone light and playful while exposing the worst aspects of Manhattan corporate life, from the drunken office parties to the casual adultery committed by married employees. Despite these controversial elements, the film racked up ten Oscar nominations and won five Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Screenplay of 1960. [filmfactsman]
By filmfactsman (Beverly Hills, CA, USA)
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It,s a great romantic, crazy and intelligent film.
By javiro01 (Madrid, Spain, Europe)
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The Best Transfer of One of The Best Ever Flicks!
This Blu-ray is pin sharp and naturally an improvement on the DVD. An example of how fabulous black & white movies can look too! The extras are o.k, perhaps could've been more exciting but the film is there in all its remastered glory so thats the main thing!
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Apartment video Product Details

CD Universe Part number1654975
Studio20th Century Fox
Orig Year1960
DVD EncodingRegion 1
Release DateDec 18, 2001
RatingNot Rated
Running Time125 Minutes
Additional InfoBlack & White; Closed Captioned; Widescreen; Soundtrack English; Soundtrack French; Soundtrack Spanish; Academy Awards; Spanish Subtitles; French Subtitles; Sensor Matic
Movie DetailsB&W; Mono Sound; Dolby Noise Reduction; Black & White; Closed Captioned; Widescreen; Soundtrack English; Soundtrack French; Soundtrack Spanish; Academy Awards; Spanish Subtitles; French Subtitles; Sensor Matic

Apartment DVD Features

DVD Features: Region 1 Keep Case Anamorphic Widescreen - 2.35 Letterbox - 2.35 Audio: Dolby Digital Mono - English, French, Spanish Additional Release Material: Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer

Apartment Awards

Best Art Direction - Set Decoration (b&w), Academy Awards, 1960
Best Director, Academy Awards, 1960 -  Billy Wilder
Best Film Editing, Academy Awards, 1960
Best Original Screenplay, Academy Awards, 1960 -  Billy Wilder
Best Original Screenplay, Academy Awards, 1960 -  I. A. L. Diamond
Best Picture, Academy Awards, 1960
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