#102: The Apartment (1960)

When and how did I watch this?

September 14th, 2016, on Amazon Instant Video.

Had I seen this film already?


What did I know about the movie before watching it?

I learned it’s a Jack Lemmon film moments before starting it.

What do I know about it now?

This was a nice surprise.  Lemmon plays CC Baxter, an everyman character who runs into trouble trying to play favorites with some of his supervisors, allowing them to use his apartment to cheat on their respective wives. While juggling his work schedule with their social engagements, Baxter falls in love with the elevator operator, and that’s when things get complicated.  The movie isn’t too intense, but it’s certainly clever, often hilarious, and, like several others on the list, incredibly human.  The film is also risque for its 1960 date.  What makes this film great is its writing and pace; most of the film takes place in only a handful of settings, but it moves so quickly that you’re never bored. Each line is delivered with sincerity. Everything about this film felt natural, which is hard to do.

What are some themes in the film?

Capitalism, honesty, suicide, marriage/fidelity

Did this affect me personally?

Yes.  Much like Annie Hall and Network, the imperfect romance is striking.

Why is this ranked #102?

Lemmon and Maclaine have a natural resonation in the film. It’s clever, fast-moving, funny, and we learn something about what a real relationship should look like, despite personal shortcomings.   It’s a relatable film.

Did my wife watch/like it?

She enjoyed this one as well, and it’s now one of her favorites.

Would I watch it again?

This is a good watch, and probably an equally good re-watch.

Would I recommend it to a friend?

This is a nice date film.  Or a film to watch by yourself.  Or with some friends. I guess it’s good anytime with anyone.

Does it deserve to be on this list as one of the greatest films of all time?

Sure.  Apparently this Wilder guy is no joke.  He’s made some other films on this list, and I’m looking forward to more of his work.  Meanwhile, The Apartment easily ranks among the best.

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