I just watched Billy Wilder's 1960 Best Picture drama "The Apartment" (upon DVD) and here is what I have to say:
The number one thing this film was was charming, most likely due to the humble and innocent nature of Mr. Baxter "The Mench". The way Billy Wilder adds more drama onto of already existing drama and more humor on top of already existing humor brings a magical, otherworldly element to a rather relatable or realistic world that has inheritely been created due to it taking place in the modern day (of 1960). The way Wilder blends humor and drama as well makes the movie out to be a thoughtful, important message rather than a stubborn-emotioned cliché. The cinemotography was very well for 1960 and was very well-thoughout to capture the environment, especially when in the office. It had a great, great script. One of the greatest, in fact, holding its place high up with films such as "Autumn Sonata" and "Old Boy" in terms of writing. The way Wilder writes Shirley allowed the actress to really feel for her, as we get to know her workplace and potential financial troubles. The plot of it being an overused apartment was a clever way to allow the audience to figure out each character better to as of why they are in that particular apartment and how they act in the same environment. It has some really memorable lines and illustrated a connection betwixt man and woman that was written so much more magically than the majority of these Hollywood romantic comedies.
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