Classic Film Comedy -- "The Apartment"
Enjoy a screening of the classic comedy, "The Apartment"; a 1960 film by Billy Wilder.
Date: Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012
Time: 7:00 pm
Duration: 2 hours
Location: Weitz Cinema -- WCC 161
Sponsored by: Cinema and Media Studies
Contact: Marla Erickson, x5567
Enjoy a screening of the classic comedy, "The Apartment"; a 1960 film by Billy Wilder. This film is being shown as part of a Wednesday evening series of classic American comedies and will be introduced by Jay Beck, Assistant Professor of Cinema and Media Studies.
The Apartment (Billy Wilder, 1960)
“Jack Lemmon plays C.C. Baxter, a definitive lonely guy, in The Apartment, with the ironic twist that he is not even free to go home alone, because his apartment is usually loaned out to one of the executives at his company. He has become the landlord for a series of their illicit affairs; they string him along with hints about raises and promotions. […] Baxter has no girlfriend and, apparently, no family. Patted on the back and called ‘buddy boy’ by the executives who use him, he dreams of a better job and an office of his own. One day he even gets up his nerve and asks out one of the elevator girls, Miss Kubelik (Shirley MacLaine), but she stands him up at the last moment because of a crisis in her relationship with the big boss, Mr. Sheldrake (Fred MacMurray)” (Roger Ebert). Lemmon’s depiction of Baxter’s “organization man” resonated with audiences as the film became one of the most beloved comic classics of the early 60s and won five Academy Awards including best director and best screenplay.