The Apartment. 1960. USA. Directed by Billy Wilder. Screenplay by I. A. L. Diamond, Wilder. With Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Fred MacMurray, Ray Walston, Edie Adams. 35mm. 125 min.
The late MoMA film curator Charles Silver wrote, “The director’s cynical Oscar-winning comedy is probably the archetypal Wilder film. Lemmon’s second film for Wilder (of seven) is a perfect follow-up to Some Like It Hot. Lemmon won the British Academy award in succeeding years for both films. It is clear that the actor did his best work with Wilder, who had flawless comic timing gleaned from Ernst Lubitsch.”