’60 classic ‘Apartment’ showcases Wilder’s flair
“The Apartment” is an important Billy Wilder film from 1960, newly remastered. It stars Jack Lemmon as an insecure office worker, who rises in his company because he has an apartment and is willing to lend it to his boss for extramarital dalliances. The boss is played by Fred MacMurray in one of his handful of bad-guy roles. Ironically, or at least interestingly, this actor who was known as amiable and affable onscreen is best remembered today for his performance in “The Apartment” and in two other films as something of a villain. Shirley MacLaine gives a nice, unsentimental performance as the object of Lemmon’s affection, who also happens to be the woman the boss is seeing. This is caustic, adult entertainment that shows Wilder’s signature flair.
Shirley MacLaine and Jack Lemmon in “The Apartment,” which is newly remastered.