Released: 15/06/2012 Released in key citiesBilly Wilder’s classic, starring Jack Lemmon as insurance statistician CC Baxter who lets colleagues use his flat for meeting women, was a huge hit when first released in 1960. It earned five Oscars that year, including Best Picture, and served to inspire Mad Men. Shirley MacLaine as the fly-in-the-ointment love interest is particularly good. Catch it restored in cinemas. For more information visit: http://www.parkcircus.com/films/6310-the-apartment Buy: http://www.parkcircus.com/films/6310-the-apartment Watch:
Empire“Delightful comedy romance with a clutch of note-perfect performances...” It's right on the money: perfectly-tuned, bittersweet urban comedy-wise...
Total Film “No one does the pitchblack flipside of funny like Wilder...” At times we’re just a whisker away from out-and-out tragedy. It’s a rare, brave comedy that’ll do that...
Time Out“A breakthrough in its portrayal of the war of the sexes...” Attention to detail and emotional reticence that belie its inherent darkness and melodramatic core, it’s lifted considerably by the performances...
Film4“A true classic...” Nominally a comedy, The Apartment runs the gamut of drama, melodrama, romance and potential tragedy in one great, sophisticated social critique...
Little White Lies“Not the masterpiece we thought it was...” Perhaps it was the Oscar success that has led to its canonisation alongside his bona fide masterpieces, but this re-issue offers an opportunity to reassess the extent to which the film can even be considered a comedy, let alone a real success...
Guardian“A big-city satire with a romantic heart of gold...” it's a welcome re-release, and for those who love the style of Mad Men, or Richard Yates's 1961 novel Revolutionary Road, it's a must...
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