Winner of five Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director –Lemmon and MacLaine were nominated for Best Actor—The Apartment is a Billy Wilder movie where the comic touches serve to humanize and darken the romantic drama it really is. When you hear that they don’t make movies like they use to, The Apartment is what is being referred to.
Lemmon gives a superb performance as C.C. Baxter, a nobody at an insurance company. He is however popular with the old boys’ club because he allows them to use his apartment for their romantic trysts. Baxter has a thing for elevator girl Miss Kubelik (MacLaine) who, it turns out, is the tryst of head honcho Sheldrake (Fred MacMurray). Sheldrake learns about the apartment and bullies Baxter into letting him use it.
Sheldrake is a cad and when Kubelik finally sees that she does something that forces Baxter to finally become a man.
Wilder brilliantly balances romance, comedy, and drama in this movie and one serves to underscore the other two.
Although it is falsely marketed as a comedy, The Apartment Blu-ray is a keeper.
Special features include a short about Jack Lemmon and a very informative and detailed commentary track by film expert Bruce Block.