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4.3
6,853 Ratings

The Apartment

Directed by Billy Wilder
United States, 1960
Comedy, Romance, Drama

Synopsis

An insurance worker lends out his apartment to company executives for their extramarital affairs in the hopes of a promotion, but things become complicated when one of the mistresses turns out to be a coworker he has eyes for.

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The Apartment Directed by Billy Wilder

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2018 | Cannes Classics

Venice Film Festival

1960 | 2 wins including: Best Actress

Academy Awards

1961 | 5 wins including: Best Picture

1961 | 5 nominations including: Best Actor in a Leading Role

We learn of these entanglements before Fran and Bud do, casting a pall of dramatic irony over the film that’s redolent of Wilder’s noir-driven work. Yet the tone of The Apartment differs from both those darkly moral movies and the filmmaker’s farces, finding a middle ground of somber tragedy that undercuts the awkward comedy of manners between the characters.
January 06, 2018
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Not only is it the most Jewish Christmas movie Hollywood ever made, it’s the baseline for all NYC-based romcoms since–all romcoms worth their salt, really. As clever as it is melancholy, New York’s grabby, glamorous melting pot presides as a central character, and its lonelyhearts discover each other via a Manhattan scavenger hunt of great flourishes and rueful afterthoughts. Neither Jack Lemmon nor Shirley Maclaine were ever so sweethearted again, and that’s saying a mouthful.
December 24, 2017
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The romance is so affecting (to say nothing of the dialogue, which pops as only Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond’s writing can) that it’s easy to overlook what a superior piece of filmmaking THE APARTMENT is. Wilder remains underrated as a visual artist; and here, working in sparkling black-and-white ’Scope, he creates some remarkable effects, such as the unforgettable loneliness of the apartment itself and the modernist nightmare of the insurance company office.
September 02, 2016
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