The Apartment

You hear what I said, Miss Kubelik? I absolutely adore you.” — C. C. Baxter, “Shut up and deal.” — Fran Kubelik

A tender, subtle, genuine romance tucked into heartwarming laughter and tears. That’s what this classic, Academy Award winning movie with an outstanding cast is!

Don’t be fooled by its comedic frame, though. This movie discusses the difficult theme of suicide, and shows a character going through an actual attempt, so keep this in mind if you choose to watch it!

Get cozy and meet C. C. “Bud” Baxter, a lovable yet awkward clerk who hopes for a promotion but doesn’t manage to get one until he starts allowing the executives of the company he works for to use his apartment to have affairs. He’s played by Jack Lemmon, the star of Some Like It Hot, who brings a natural wit and charm to his character. He’s trying to get the attention of Fran Kubelik, an elevator operator who turns out to be having an affair with one of the executives who uses Bud’s apartment.

Bud finally gets his promotion, and a reputation as a playboy with his neighbors. Both hilarity and intensity ensue as we watch him support Fran through her heartbreak and an attempt at suicide. They bond over the experience as he helps her heal. One of the best scenes of the movie, the one where Bud sings while cooking spaghetti and then straining it through a tennis racket, was entirely improvised. It feels natural and easy-flowing, and makes it so easy to get attached to Lemmon’s character.

Shirley MacLaine plays the gorgeous, glowing elevator operator with big dreams about love and happiness. She finds it difficult to move away from the illusion she had with Sheldrake (Fred MacMurray) until she’s treated with kindness and tenderness by Baxter. She’s smart, she’s sweet and she also turns out to be strong, a woman we can all look up to.

Bud insists in his desire to get Fran to go out with him, and eventually succeeds, only to be stood up when she goes to his own apartment with his boss Sheldrake. We sympathise with Bud’s heartbreak, but we’re also inspired by his spiritual strength when he drops everything to take care of the devastated Fran.

Despite its portrayal of infidelity, which was controversial for the time, the film gained commercial success, winning five Academy Awards and grossing $24.6 million in total against a budget of $3 million. It was the last movie shot in black-and-white to earn an Academy Award before Schindler’s List in 1993. It uses perspective to create a sense of large spaces, and it does so effectively. The score is emotional and effective, giving the movie a dreamy atmosphere.

Did this love letter from the 1960 age well? Yeah, we absolutely think it did.

The situation is humorous in the best way possible, and the dialogue so believable and relatable, delicately crafted to evoke sympathy for the main characters. The director, Billy Wilder, won three Oscars for it, for Best Picture, Best Direction and Best Writing. Well deserved, too! The movie obviously resonated with the audience, daring to tackle a complex theme and show the beauty of love and bravery while doing it.

These people are flawed. They aren’t the romantic couple you’re used to. They’re realistic, they make mistakes, and they sometimes lack the strength to face them and gain peace. But they support each other in a way that is breathtaking. The kindness they show, and the bitter-sweet emotions that they experience, will make you tear up, we guarantee it.

IMDb 4.1 /5
4.1 out of 5
Rotten Tomatoes 4.7 /5
4.7 out of 5
Rogue Cinema 4.3 /5
4.3 out of 5
Overall

Combined average

4.37out of 5

Good
4.37 out of 5
Category Comedy

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