140: The Apartment (1960)

Sorry for making such a racket in the kitchen, dear.

Sunset Boulevard, Double Indemnity, Some Like It Hot, The Seven Year Itch, not content having one of the best names ever, Billy Wilder has one of the most impressive film resumés in Hollywood history. A notorious task master and cine-cynic, the BFI in London are resurrecting this man’s genius and inviting audiences to revisit his Oscar winning, yet somehow forgotten “rom-com” The Apartment.

With an original poster tagline proclaiming “Movie-wise, there has never been anything like The Apartment, love-wise, laugh-wise or otherwise-wise!’, it’s remarkable to see how, fifty two years on since it’s original release, that statement rings true. A depressive, reluctantly-romantic comedy with razor-sharp wit and more than a dollop of misogyny, even if it doesn’t meet the pantheon heights of Wilder’s other works, The Apartment still makes for desired, room-with-a-view viewing.

IMDb it.


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