THE APARTMENT: LIMITED EDITION REVIEWED
“The Apartment” was the film that started my Billy Wilder kick. When I was younger, I’d get on these annual kicks to follow specific kinds of directors. One year was dedicated to the directors of the Weimar Republic, then the Jewish directors that escape to Hollywood and then the Blacklisted folk. Whether it was VHS, Beta, Laserdisc or other…I found a way to watch every film that those masters made. But, Billy Wilder always kept pointing me back to “The Apartment”.
It was a sneaky best picture winner that took small-screen jabs at the monotony of urban living. It was novel for highlighting the casual morals and sexuality emerging at the time. By modern standards, it’s super tame. But, Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine mine the utter sadness out of the scenes. These guys weren’t going to fall in love, if it happened it happened. They just needed to be there for each other, as their world turned to garbage.
In many ways, The Apartment’s reach is still felt today. But, it’s hard to still feel fresh after so many imitators. Don’t let that get you down. If you haven’t seen it, go out there and get it done.
- Video Essay
- Archival Material
- 2.35:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track / LPCM 1.0 MONO