Sunday, May 25, 2014

Golden-era film: "The Apartment" (1960)


Top form, worthy of its five Oscars. Far better than Breakfast at Tiffany's, which glorifies decadence; people are nostalgic about that movie for the wrong reasons. This doesn't celebrate the sleaze (unlike the stupid background mini-documentary on the disc: cheering for "sex as an end in itself" a few years after Playboy debuted); it just mostly talks about and implies it, showing what's wrong with it better than a sermon. Fred MacMurray, of Disney and "My Three Sons," as another bad guy in another Billy Wilder picture (he starred in Wilder's definitive noir classic Double Indemnity); Jack Lemmon as the likeable hapless character he became famous for. Actually the big office floor wasn't that different from my last job.

Unsurprisingly "Mad Men" is partly based on it (more).

1 comment:

  1. And now Shirley MacLaine is starring in "Downton Abbey"---we've come full circle.

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