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Tricia's retro film review: The Apartment

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The Apartment (1960)


The Apartment is the 1960 film directed by Billy Wilder. C.C. Baxter is a man who lets the bosses of the company he works for, use his apartment, in hopes that it will help him get a promotion. When Jeff Sheldrake uses the apartment to continue his affair with Fran Kubelick, the elevator operator, things get complicated. Although Baxter is able to get his promotion, Fran finds out that Sheldrake has conned many women with the promise that he will divorce his wife. She then decides to kill herself, but Baxter stops her. What will happen now?

This is a pretty good dramedy. Unusually, the adulterous man is punished for his affairs, not only does his wife divorce him, but Fran leaves him too. In fact, the viewer may wonder why Fran didn’t leave Sheldrake for Baxter sooner, as they obviously have good chemistry together. There’s some good satire, as Baxter has to wade through several minutes of commercial in order to watch Grand Hotel, only to give up and change the channel, finding nothing but westerns on. Honolulu film fans should watch this movie.

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