The Apartment: Limited Edition

| December 27, 2017

What would you do to fast track your way up the ladder of corporate success? Would you shun your family? Perhaps throw fellow co-workers under the bus? Or do whatever it takes to please the higher-up’s, to the detriment of your mental and physical well-being? Hopefully you would do none of the above. C.C. Baxter never expected he’d be loaning out his apartment for executives’ dalliances. Yet, here he sits, ruining his all-around health. That is, until love strikes…

The Apartment begins with a wide shot of New York City, circa 1959. Our protagonist, C.C. Baxter (Jack Lemmon, The Odd Couple) is narrating the scene. Baxter is introducing himself to the audience. Baxter works in the Ordinary Policy Department, Premium Accounting Division, of the insurance company Consolidated Life. Basically, it’s the equivalent of working in Sector 7G of the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant. But unlike Homer Simpson, Baxter has plans to get his way out of the hustle and bustle.

Baxter is a bachelor. To improve his position in Consolidated Life, Baxter has begun an elaborate scheduling procedure with his immediate bosses: when they’re ready for a night on the town with someone other than their wives, they call Baxter, who pencils them in for a specific night at his apartment. These incognito escapades mean Baxter has to roam the New York streets, waiting for his opportunity to spend time in his own apartment.

Baxter begins to be highly recommended for loftier status within the insurance company, which garners attention from the personnel director, J.D. Sheldrake (Fred MacMurray, Double Indemnity). Baxter thinks the jig is up, until Sheldrake requests time at the apartment. Baxter relents, until he discovers something that shakes his morality to the core.

Baxter has a crush on the elevator girl, Fran Kubelik (Shirley MacLaine, Terms of Endearment), who has garnered the reputation of being the most impossible woman to get a date with in the company. Slowly but surely, Baxter discovers why. Sheldrake is cheating on his wife with Kubelik. Sheldrake claims to love Fran, but won’t get a divorce. This leads to a surprisingly shocking string of events involving Baxter, Sheldrake, and Kubelik that I won’t divulge here.

The Apartment is a masterwork from highly acclaimed director Billy Wilder (Sunset Boulevard), who wrote, produced, and directed the film. All 3 lead actors are superb, with Shirley MacLaine being the standout. Her face expresses so many emotions effortlessly. The audience whole-heartedly understands why Baxter would fall in love with Fran Kubelik.

The Apartment was, and still is, a huge success with both audiences and critics alike. It currently holds a 93% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. And, it cleaned up at The Oscars. The Apartment won 3 Oscars for Billy Wilder: Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay. The film was nominated for 10 awards, including Best Actor (Lemmon) and Best Actress (MacLaine). It’s also ranked #93 in AFI’s 1998 list of 100 greatest American made films.

The Apartment Limited Edition is available in a deluxe Blu-Ray edition from the movie wizards at Arrow US’s offshoot, Arrow Academy. Get a hold of a copy fast. The Limited Deluxe Edition has only 2700 copies available. And, it’s most definitely worth the purchase.

Not only do you get a pristine Blu-Ray copy of The Apartment with numerous special features, you’ll also receive a 150 page collectible book that includes new writings on the film, as well as rare still photos and behind-the-scenes images.

The Apartment is a must have film for any cinephile. There is clever dialogue, terrific acting, brilliant direction, and an even mix of laughs and tears. And there is no better way to own this cinematic classic on Blu-Ray than The Apartment Limited Edition.

About the Author:

Steve graduated from Southwestern Michigan College with an Associate's Degree in communications. He currently resides in Niles, MI
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