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Classic Wilder-but not classic treatment for the DVD,
This review is from: The Apartment (DVD)
The Apartment is an insightful movie made by one of cinema's most talented directors. The plot is fairly simple, but C.C. Baxter's (Jack Lemmon) is anything but. By innocently lending out his apartment to a coworker, Baxter's residence becomes the love nest for his philandering colleagues. Along the way, Baxter develops a friendship with Fran Kubelik (Shirley Maclaine), one of several attractive female elevator operators. Baxter is rewarded for his generosity by getting promoted by Jeff D. Sheldrake (Fred MacMurray). Little does he realize that Fran is Sheldrake's latest plaything. The Apartment has all that you expect from the best of Wilder: great performances, witty dialogue, and a plot that holds to this day, even if most of the depiction of the corporate office environment has changed dramatically (When was the last time you saw an elevator operator?). The three stars provide great characterizations, with MacMurray the real surprise here playing against type. This film is also notable for solidifying the Wilder/Lemmon team. With The Apartment, Lemmon was no longer playing second male leads or supporting roles. A worthwhile film that is still enjoyable today, but the DVD version leaves much to be desired. The picture quality is good, but the looping (the sound synchronization) is off and very distracting. Don't know the reason for this, but considering this film's place in cinema history, I would have thought it would have gotten the A treatment. The DVD is a disappointment.
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Initial post: Oct 28, 2010 6:17:06 PM PDT
Tom Brody says:
This reviewer (Stephen) is completely correct. I too was surprised to see Fred McMurray playing a sleazy executive. His usual role, in other movies, is to play a kid-friendly buffoon. The fact that Mr.McMurray was playing a sleazy character in THE APARTMENT gives this movie an extra ironic punch.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 29, 2010 8:40:16 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Aug 5, 2012 5:10:34 AM PDT
William Sommerwerck says:
Actually, MacMurray was not at all playing against type. Though in his early days he was considered quite the sexy fellow (no kidding -- see "Remember the Night"), and Captain Marvel was modelled after him (also no kidding), he'd gradually come to play sleazy, feckless, or morally challenged characters, most notably in "Double Indemnity" and "The Caine Mutiny". He'd grown tired of this, and "The Apartment" was, AFAIK, the last of such roles. Though he supposedly said that some of his best roles were in Wilder films (they were), his string of generally poor Disney films suggests he'd reached the point where he didn't much care about the quality of his work. (He was quite a wealthy man.)
By the way, my copy (which appears to be a more-recent edition) does not have sync problems.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 29, 2010 9:04:21 AM PST
Tom Brody says:
Thank you, W.S. I will look into those earlier MacMurray films. Growing up in the early 1960s, I came to think of him as being only the comedic absent-minded professor.
Posted on Mar 15, 2012 4:48:40 PM PDT
Cheryl McGuire says:
Needs info about extras, etc.
Posted on Aug 5, 2012 1:32:26 AM PDT
I think you should invest in a higher quality DVD player. I had no trouble with the looping.
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