Saturday, 26 July 2014

Classical Film Review: The Apartment (1960)


Billy Wilder always had these great stories to tell, and you can hardly think of a film more entertaining and darker for a romantic comedy-drama than The Apartment (1960).

The film is a story of a struggling individual trying to find bits of life and love in his tedious cycle between the halls of his corporate workplace and his lonesome apartment. The Apartment is a multi-layered story which would look like a comedy or a melancholy drama to different eyes. But most people would agree that it is a satire on the rat race of modern urban life.

A lot of folks may find that quality awful, but isn't this what life is like. 

One of the more memorable stories told by Hollywood, The Apartment was well rewarded by the Academy for its excellence with five Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay.

The most remarkable bit about the film is its remarkable screenwriting by Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond, which is enhanced even further by Wilder's genius in directing. But as much as that, brilliant acting by Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine, even though both of them missed out at the Oscars that year. 

Let us reveal only as much about the film as the following trailer does. But make sure you take time out to watch this masterpiece this weekend.

It's surely one not to miss. But if you have watched it already, let us know what you think about it. 


The Apartment 1960 Trailer Billy Wilder by MorinoMashio