» Rants: The Apartment (Blu-ray)

Nathan Schwartz

|    Monday, January 30, 2012

  • Director: Billy Wilder
  • Producer: Billy Wilder
  • Writer: Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond
  • Starring: Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Fred MacMurray, Jack Kruschen, Ray Walston, Naomi Stevens
  • Distributor: MGM
  • Running Time: 125 min
  • Rating: G
  • Genre: Comedy, Drama

The Apartment, a film that follows a regular working man trying to climb the corporate ladder by loaning his apartment out to his superiors so they can partake in illicit affairs, offered entertainment in four dimensions: comedy, drama, romance, and social commentary. Mix in some excellent acting (especially Jack Lemmon), writing, and an attempted suicide, and you’ve got a superb character study, endearing love story, and a wonderful equilibrium of humor and drama all ensconced in a neatly wrapped package, with a beguiling bow nestled on top.

Watching the features, I learned some interesting facts about the film, facts such as how unconventional it was. With its sexual themes, and its window into the questionable fidelity of some married men, this film pushed the boundaries on what was shown on the big screen. Being the magnificent film that it was, you might think that it was a welcome change, but some frowned upon it, especially those who were not fond of cinema showing marriage in a negative light. Interesting, huh? Well, that’s not all that I learned, but I’d rather leave that to you when you buy the Blu-ray (which I highly recommend you do) and watch it for yourself.

 

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