The Apartment (1960)
|Producer(s)||I.A.L. Diamond (associate), Doane Harrison (associate), Billy Wilder|
|Top Genres||Comedy, Drama, Romance|
|Top Topics||Apartments, Based on Play, Infidelity, Romance (Drama), Secretaries|
The Apartment Overview:
The Apartment (1960) was a Romance - Comedy Film directed by Billy Wilder and produced by Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond and Doane Harrison.
The film was based on the musical Promises, Promises written by Neil Simon performed at the Shubert Theatre, NY from Dec 1, 1968 - Jan 1, 1972.
An ambitious young insurance clerk tries to get ahead by lending his apartment key to several of the company's philandering executives for the occasional afternoon rendezvous. But when he falls in love with the building's elevator operator, he soon realizes that she's the woman his married boss has been taking to the apartment for romantic trysts. Spurred on by the exhortations of the philosophizing doctor who lives next door to him, the troubled young man eventually reexamines his priorities and decides to be true to himself and drop out of the rat race.
(Source: available at Amazon AMC Classic Movie Companion).
FACT FROM THE VAULT:
It was so cold the night Jack Lemmon "slept" in rainy Central Park, that he was sprayed with anti-freeze to prevent the water from turning to ice!.
The Apartment was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1994.
Academy Awards 1960 --- Ceremony Number 33 (source: AMPAS)
|Best Actor||Jack Lemmon||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actor||Jack Kruschen||Nominated|
|Best Actress||Shirley MacLaine||Nominated|
|Best Art Direction||Art Direction: Alexander Trauner; Set Decoration: Edward G. Boyle||Won|
|Best Cinematography||Joseph LaShelle||Nominated|
|Best Director||Billy Wilder||Won|
|Best Film Editing||Daniel Mandell||Won|
|Best Picture||Billy Wilder, Producer||Won|
|Best Writing||Billy Wilder, I. A. L. Diamond||Won|
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Fran Kubelik: Shall I light the candles?
C.C. Baxter: It's a must! Gracious living-wise.
Fran Kubelik: What's a tennis racket doing in the kitchen?
C.C. Baxter: Tennis racket? Oh, I remember, I was cooking myself an Italian dinner.
[Fran looks confused]
C.C. Baxter: I use it to strain the spaghetti.
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Although Adolph Deutsch received sole screen credit for the music score, the very popular "Theme from The Apartment" was actually a pre-existing piece of music (originally "Jealous Lover", 1949) by British composer Charles Williams, who was known for his scores for British films and BBC radio dramas.
To get Fran (Shirley MacLaine) to look genuinely startled when her brother-in-law punches Calvin (Jack Lemmon), director Billy Wilder smacked together two pieces of 2x4 during the shoot.
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