The Apartment – 1960 – English
Film directed in 1960 by Billy Wilder, and starring Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Fred MacMurray, Ray Walston, Edie Adams, Jack Kruschen, Joan Shawlee, Hope Holiday, David Lewis, Naomi Stevens, Johnny Seven, Joyce Jameson, Willard Waterman, David White…
Synopsis: DC Baxter (Jack Lemmon) is a modest but ambitious employee of a Manhattan insurance company. He is single and lives alone in a discreet apartment that he occasionally lends to his superiors for his love dates. He hopes that these favors will help him improve his position in the company. But the situation changes when he falls in love with an elevator operator (Shirley MacLaine) who turns out to be the mistress of one of the bosses who use his apartment (Fred MacMurray).
Review: Jack Lemmon is a simple guy who lends his apartment to bosses so he can get promoted in the company. Shirley MacLaine is a pretty elevator operator involved with the married boss. Two wonderful characters, two kind and lonely souls who give us a priceless comedy full of corrosive subtlety, smiles and tenderness. Another undisputed masterpiece from the incomparable Billy Wilder.
Wilder, once again, in a state of grace, dosing the hilarious and the corrosive with an immeasurable Lemmon as a gray clerk who hands over his dignity again and again in the form of an apartment for his bosses to use as a whorehouse … Of course MacLaine well deserves, even for the most submissive, to rebel against tyranny.