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The Apartment Blu Ray

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Romance at its most anti-romantic--that is the Billy Wilder stamp of genius, and this Best Picture Academy Award winner from 1960 is no exception. Set in a decidedly unsavoury world of corporate climbing and philandering, the great filmmaker's trenchant, witty satire-melodrama takes the office politics of a corporation and plays them out in the apartment of lonely clerk CC Baxter (Jack Lemmon). By lending out his digs to the higher-ups for nightly extramarital flings with their secretaries, Baxter has managed to ascend the business ladder faster than even he imagined. The story turns even uglier, though, when Baxter's crush on the building's melancholy elevator operator (Shirley MacLaine) runs up against her long-standing affair with the big boss (a superbly smarmy Fred MacMurray). The situation comes to a head when she tries to commit suicide in Baxter's apartment. Not the happiest or cleanest of scenarios, and one that earned the famously caustic and cynically humoured Wilder his share of outraged responses, but looking at it now, it is a funny, startlingly clear-eyed vision of urban emptiness and is unfailingly understanding of the crazy decisions our hearts sometimes make. Lemmon and MacLaine are ideally matched and while everyone cites Wilder's Some Like It Hot closing line "Nobody's perfect" as his best, MacLaine's no-nonsense final words--"Shut up and deal"--are every bit as memorable. Wilder won three Oscars for The Apartment, for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay (cowritten with long-time collaborator I A L Diamond). --Robert Abele

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Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine star in this acclaimed satire from writer-director Billy Wilder. Insurance clerk C.C. Baxter (Lemmon) lets his superiors use his apartment as a secret love nest and as a result begins to make his way up in the company. Things go awry when director Mr. Sheldrake (Fred MacMurray) wants to use the apartment for a rendevouz with Fran Kubelik (MacLaine), an elevator operator whom the young clerk already holds a candle for. The film won five Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay.

Please note this is a region B Blu-ray and will require a region B or region free Blu-ray player in order to play Winner of five 1960 Academy Awards including Best Picture The Apartment is legendary director Billy Wilder at his most scathing and satirical best With audio commentary from film producer and AFI member Bruce Block and two featurettes-including a loving tribute to actor Jack Lemmon-this special Collector&39;s Edition is your chance to own one of "the finest comedies Hollywood has turned out" (Newsweek)! CC Baxter (Lemmon) knows the way to success in businessit&39;s through the door of his apartment! By providing a perfect hideaway for philandering bosses the ambitious young employee reaps a series of undeserved promotions But when Bud lends the key to big boss JD Sheldrake (Fred MacMurray) he not only advances his career but his own love life as well For Sheldrake&39;s mistress is the lovely Fran Kubelik (Shirley MacLaine) elevator girl and angel of Bud&39;s dreams Convinced that he is the only man for Fran Bud must make the most important executive decision of his career lose the girlor his job Actors Jack Lemmon Shirley MacLaine Fred MacMurray Edie Adams Ray Walston Jack Kruschen Joan Shawlee Hope Holiday Naomi Stevens David Lewis & Joyce Jameson Director Billy Wilder Certificate PG Year 1960 Screen Widescreen Languages English

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