Back Apartment, The
 
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Tuesday, 19 February 2013 at 7.15pm
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  • Romantic Comedy
  • 1960
  • USA
  • B&W
  • 125 mins.
 
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A somewhat contemptuous recognition of human weakness underlies Billy Wilder's work, a sense of the ease with which people are drawn into being procurers, gigolos, hacks, embezzlers, black-marketeers, killers. The Apartment, reissued in a new widescreen print that does justice to its smoky monochrome, sees him at his most bitter. Jack Lemmon plays a dim, lowly clerk with a New York insurance company who advances to a departmental vice-presidency by lending his convenient flat to his superiors for illicit assignations. He's a whingeing, self-pitying figure who, like other Wilder practitioners, cannot recognise the extent of his turpitude, and this is both the strength and weakness of a remarkable movie.

Philip French, The Observer

 

 



Director:

 
Billy Wider

Cinematographer:

 
Joseph LaShelle

Screenplay:

 
Billy Wilder, IAL Diamond

Cast:

 
Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Fred MacMurray
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