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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Tired Old Queen at the Movies: The Apartment

Steve Hayes plays with his turkey while he reviews this classic comedy:
In his Oscar winning Best Picture The Apartment (1960), director Billy Wilder guides Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine through this brilliantly funny satire of the seedier and sexier side of corporate life in the "Big City." Filled with all the style, sex, cynicism and wit that is classic Wilder and that made Some Like It Hot the hottest ticket in town, The Apartment is also one of the great romantic films of the '60's. Along with Lemmon and MacLaine in career defining roles, it also features Fred MacMurray, breaking from his good guy image to play a corporate snake, Edie Adams as his world weary secretary, Jack Kruschen in an Oscar nominated performance as Lemmon's beleaguered neighbor and Ray Walston as one of his many colleagues who uses Lemmon's apartment for his romantic trysts. The Apartment is a smart, sexy and often hilarious example of the right people, in the right roles, with the right director, doing it right.

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