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1001 Movies Challenge: The Apartment (1960)


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I’ve been sort of having a marathon since I just came back home, and I am so happy to have seen The Apartment. It is also the first Billy Wilder movie I saw which gave me a good impression of him. I apologize in advance for not writing anything for soundtrack.

-Summary-

A man tries to rise in his company by letting its executives use his apartment for trysts, but complications and a romance of his own occur.

-Story/Script 8.8-

Though it may seem like a simplistic gimmick on the romantic comedy genre, the story is actually very unique and clever. While watching the movie I thought to myself “huh, this is actually very clever”. The layers and the characters were laid out so neatly in their own cluster of strings intertwining each other from time to time. It’s the characters that make the story not the apartment. C.C. Baxter’s lines as well were just superb and very well written which really surprised me. I went in the movie with zero expectations and came out with a good impression of it, opinion-wise. 

-Acting 8.9-

The acting in this movie was superb. Especially between the two main leads of Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine. Jack Lemmon to be precise was really great and on key with every line. He really fit the role and it suited him well. His scenes when he was sick were just great and made me smile and how good he was at it. On the other side of the spectrum we see the female lead who gave a very opposite feeling. A very dry and needing feeling emerged from Fran as a character. She and Baxter complimented each other well as a mixture of quirky and dry. The only complaint would probably be that some of the minor characters really annoyed me with their accents, as some of them felt really forced. Other than that the acting was great. 

-Directing 8.6-

The directing was great from Billy Wilder cinematography-wise. The scenes in the office building were genius. I loved the endless rows of employees all working, its something I envisioned for a project I’m thinking of. Some shots though in the apartment felt very repeated and overused, though that might be because of the limited space of the room itself. Nevertheless I would’ve enjoyed more creativity with that room as he did in the office building. Maybe he should have taken a page out of Alfred Hitchcock’s “Rope”. All in all the pacing was great and I loved the curve that he decided to go with the movie. It always kept us engaged and enthralled as to what might happen next. I hope to see Wilder’s other works and see if they are as good as this.

-Average Score 8.76- 

-Should you watch it?-

Absolutely, this movie will be great for anyone. People who would just like to relax and watch a simple movie will love it. Like-wise, people who enjoy great and acting and looking at detail will enjoy it very much. It is a black and white movie yes, but that shouldn’t put you off of it. These movies are just as good and in my opinion way better than most of the stuff people find popular these days. 

Thank you for reading.

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