The Apartment

Re-teaming actor Jack Lemmon, scriptwriter Iz Diamond and director Billy Wilder a year after ‘Some Like It Hot’, this multi-Oscar winning comedy is sharper in tone, tracing the compromises of a New York insurance drone who pimps out his brownstone apartment for his married bosses’ illicit affairs. The quintessential New York movie – with exquisite design by Alexandre Trauner and shimmering black-and-white photography – it presented something of a breakthrough in its portrayal of the war of the sexes, with a sour and cynical view of the self-deception, loneliness and cruelty involved in ‘romantic’ liaisons.
 
Directed by Wilder with attention to detail and emotional reticence that belie its inherent darkness and melodramatic core, it’s lifted considerably by the performances: the psychosomatic ticks and tropes of nebbish Lemmon balanced by the pathos of Shirley MacLaine’s put-upon ‘lift girl’. 

Release details

Rated: PG
Release date: Friday June 15 2012
Duration: 125 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Billy Wilder
Screenwriter: Billy Wilder, IAL Diamond
Cast: Jack Lemmon
Shirley MacLaine
Fred MacMurray
Ray Walston
Jack Kruschen
Edie Adams

Average User Rating

5 / 5

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Keith

Perfection! The legendary Wilder at the zenith of his considerable powers. A faultless blend of romance, humour and pathos, sumpremely written, directed and acted from start to finish. An unadulterated joy!

tupaq felber

Giving every film 3 stars may indeed make your publication look cooly apathetic, but when you start giving it to classics too it just begins to seem you don't know what you're talking about.

Julian

How can your so-called reviewer, Wally Hammond, give only three stars to one of the greatest films ever made -- is he having a laugh or what, or just trying to be controversial? Methinks his brain has been permanently pickled due to over exposure to too many Michael Bay blockbuster extravaganzas. Can someone at Time Out have a quiet word in his shell-like, and put the boy straight? And what's all this dated about? The only movies that age really badly as far as I'm concerned are ones dominated by naff CGI (c'mon, can anyone really say with a straight face that they now consider Titanic to be a good film?).