Fav Scenes: The Apartment (1960)

There’re very few films as beautifully structured and executed as THE APARTMENT by Billy Wilder. With a film discussing adultery so comedicaly as this you would imagine a scene like this, where a drunk and frustrated C.C. Baxter picking up a girl in a bar on Christmas Eve would serve less than it already does but instead it paints the full picture of whether you should feel at all sad for this man who’s being pushed around by his bosses. I love it.

What’s your favourite scene from THE APARTMENT?

  • http://www.thematinee.ca/ Ryan McNeil

    That finale.
    That wonderful, glorious, finale…

  • http://www.gmanreviews.com Andrew Robinson

    Isn’t it great… you have Baxter’s admission of love for Kubilick completely undercut by the great closing line “Shut up and deal” where you just know that she’s like… “I know, not let’s get to having some fun in life”….

    That is a contender… I could probably do a top ten of scenes I love from this movie and that one would be high up there, right beside the office party with the “junior executive model”, but I think you already know which one would be my #1 (see above)…

    Great choice Ryan.

  • http://www.thematinee.ca/ Ryan McNeil

    Quite honestly, it’s hard for me to think of this film in terms of scenes; the writer in me thinks about it more in terms of lines.

    “When you’re in love with a married man, you shouldn’t wear mascara”
    “I said I had no family; I didn’t say I had an empty apartment”
    “That’s the way it crumbles. Cookie-wise.”

    Reitman is doing one of his staged readings of this in L.A. soon with paul Rudd doing the Baxter part and Emma Stone playing Kubelik.

    What I wouldn’t give…