’60 clas­sic ‘Apart­ment’ show­cases Wilder’s flair

San Francisco Chronicle Late Edition - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT - — Mick LaSalle

“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.

United Artists 1960

Shirley MacLaine and Jack Lem­mon in “The Apart­ment,” which is newly re­mas­tered.

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