Cover image for The apartment
Title:
The apartment
Author:
Wilder, Billy, 1906-2002.
Edition:
Collector's edition.
Publication Information:
Culver City, CA : Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer ; Beverly Hills, CA : Distributed by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2007]

©2007
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (125 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
How far will a man go to climb the corporate ladder? C. C. 'Bud' Baxter, a lowly insurance clerk, has a trump card: his apartment. He "loans" it out to married company executives for secret trysts. In return, he's well looked after, although he does grapple with his conscience. One day he asks out one of the elevator girls, Miss Kubelik, but she stands him up because of a crisis in her relationship with the big boss, Mr. Sheldrake. On Christmas Eve, Miss Kubelik realizes she is only the most recent in a long line of girls, with possibly disastrous consequences. Bud intervenes, which may give each of them a chance to be more than another faceless employee in a heartless corporation.
General Note:
Originally produced as an American motion picture in 1960.

Special features: Commentary with film historian Bruce Block [audio feature]; Inside "The Apartment" [featurette] (30 min.); Magic time: The art of Jack Lemmon [featurette] (13 min.).
Language:
English

French

Spanish
Contents:
Main titles -- TV dinner -- Killing time -- Be my guest -- Two and a half colds -- Scheduling problems -- Why so popular? -- All sorts of things -- Like old times -- Trust me -- Selfish and ungrateful -- Broken mirror -- Drowning their sorrows -- Million laughs -- O-U-T -- Coffee and a prayer -- Be a mensch -- Person-to-person -- So ashamed -- Chicken soup and gin -- Jackpot -- Lunch date -- Out of her system -- Brother-in-law -- Footprint in the sand -- Kick in the head -- All washed up -- Ring in the new.
Reading Level:
MPAA Rating: Not rated; Canadian Home Video rating: 14A.
Geographic Term:
UPC:
883904100805
Format :
DVD

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Widely regarded as a comedy in 1960, The Apartment seems more melancholy with each passing year. Jack Lemmon plays C.C. Baxter, a go-getting office worker who loans his tiny apartment to his philandering superiors for their romantic trysts. He runs into trouble when he finds himself sharing a girlfriend (Shirley MacLaine) with his callous boss (Fred MacMurray). Director/co-writer Billy Wilder claimed that the idea for The Apartment stemmed from a short scene in the 1945 romantic drama Brief Encounter in which the illicit lovers (Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson) arrange a rendezvous in a third person's apartment. Wilder was intrigued about what sort of person would willingly vacate his residence to allow virtual strangers a playing field for hanky panky. His answer to that question wound up winning 6 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay. The Apartment was adapted by Neil Simon and Burt Bacharach into the 1969 Broadway musical Promises, Promises. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi