1 Year, 100 Movies: #80 The Apartment (1960)

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For 1 Year, 100 Movies, I will watch all of AFI’s 100 Years, 100 Movies list (compiled in 2007) in one year- and will complete a goal on my 2013 Manifesto. Come along on the ride with me- oh, and please pass the popcorn!

The Apartment is a really great situational comedy, and while there are many very funny parts the movie deals with some very difficult subject matter.

The story is based around  C.C. Baxter’s (Jack Lemmon) character and his apartment. His neighbors think he is the worst kind of cad- bringing multiple women over all the time, taking out bottle after bottle of empty alcoholic beverages and playing his music loudly at all hours. We soon find out though that Baxter is loaning out his apartment to four executives at his workplace so they can bring women over for a little alone time. My favorite part was poor Baxter sitting at his desk flipping through his schedule, calling his coworkers to rearrange schedules. So funny. Meanwhile the poor guy has a cold because he got locked out of his apartment and had to spend the night outdoors on a park bench.

One of the themes that this film showcases is adultery, mainly between the men who borrow the Apartment and their mistresses. The workplace is a bit of a boy’s club which is apparent in the exploits of the workplace director, Mr. Sheldrake (Fred MacMurray). He used to be involved with his secretary, and is currently involved with the elevator girl Fran Kubelik (Shirley MacLaine). Baxter finds out that she is seeing the director and as he had a crush on her is heartbroken and tries to drown his sorrows. Miss Kubelik finds out that the director is really a cad- not wanting to leave his wife- and while still at the apartment, takes an overdose of Baxter’s sleeping pills. Baxter gets his doctor neighbor to nurse her back to health- further cementing his casanova image. Of course we get the ensuing train wreck and resolution, but with top notch performances- especially from Lemmon and MacLaine.

The Apartment is funny, romantic, and sad- going from one emotion to the next without blinking an eye. It’s a clever and entertaining film that is a fantastic example of the situational comedy.

In my humble, non-professional, average movie-goer opinion this movie earns:

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