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The Apartment (1960)

The Apartment (1960)

The Apartment (1960)

  • Directed by Billy Wilder
  • Starring Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Fred MacMurray, Ray Walston, Jack Kruschen, Hope Holiday, Joan Shawlee
  • USA | 125mins | 1960 | rated (PG)

Approx advert and trailer run time: 25 mins


Film run time: 2h 5m

Following the popular and critical success of his gender-bending farce Some Like It Hot (1959), Wilder reteamed with screenwriter I.A.L. Diamond for this darker comedy set in the world of nine-to-five corporate New York.
The film won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director.
Starring Jack Lemmon on hand this time as lonely office bottom-runger C.C. Baxter, who goes after promotion by allowing his seniors the use of his apartment for their extramarital liaisons.
Meanwhile, he hopes to catch the eye of the sassy elevator girl, Fran Kubelik (Shirley MacLaine). Deliriously funny, The Apartment is also shot through with Wilder’s customary wit and cynicism, creating a bleak vision of estrangement in the modern working city.
Celebrated art director Alexandre Trauner designed the cavernous open-plan office. Drawing inspiration from King Vidor’s pioneering silent classic The Crowd (1928) which pre-empted Wilder’s theme of the depersonalising effect of rat-race office work.
Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine shine as two essentially good souls trapped in a tangle of office politics.