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The Apartment

  • Film
  • 4 out of 5 stars
The Apartment
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Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars
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’. 
Written by Wally Hammond

Release Details

  • Rated:PG
  • Release date:Friday 15 June 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
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