Wilder movies are time capsule beautifully captures the time period of in which they were made in more than any other director and without them feel outdated , the apartment i think is the best example of that and it’s also a good example for balancing the comedy and tragedy together really will , my problem is that the first hour in Wilder movies often be better than the second sadly here it dragged on the most.
Jack Lemmon's best performance; C.C. Baxter has to be the most lovable loser of all time. Of course, MacLaine and MacMurray are no slouches either. I do feel that the movie kind of loses some energy after MacLaine overdoses and the ending felt a little too contrived but it does a great job throughout of balancing tones.
Now I need to find out how come a movie like this made me feel something for the characters and Portrait de la jeune fille en feu left me only with some beautiful images. I don`t think I can blame it on my homophobia. If this would have been 3 minutes shorter probably I would have given it 5 stars.
It's amazing and quite interesting that a movie like this was made in the times of Hollywood's complex and enduring which-hunt in search of everything that could remotely be labeled as "communist propaganda". A portrait of climbing the corporate ladder, hierarchy dynamics, petty masculinity, material conditions of existence. The standard character of a German doctor works as an interesting father figure.
An amazing combination of fun, wit, bitter pain, and romance. A wonderful entertainment that is woven along a streak of didactic comedy. What is also noticeable throughout is an unmitigated critique of modern capitalist society, in which man is an insignificant number, lonely, miserable, and basically unhappy.
Un'ordinaria storia d'amore? Un viaggio dentro il "campo sociale" di un impiegato in carriera? Uno dei più bei sorrisi (nel finale) della storia del cinema? Questo (e molto altro) nel bel film di Wilder, che vive, tra la fine dei '50 e l'inizio dei '60, un momento magico. Adorabile.
Writing as slick as Jack Lemmon's bowler hat this was breeze to watch. Lending your well located flat out because you want to climb the coperate ladder is a unique plot. Great standout moments with the Xmas overdose and the dialogue and gradual plot reveals are also sharp. Yes the male chauvinist theme did make me do a grumpy cat face but the ladies do a great job in matching the pace with their male counterparts.
So, I guess this is why Billy Wilder is considered to be the best screenwriter to ever grace Hollywood. Because, fuck me, this is such a monumental achievement from a writing perspective. How the story beats, characters and themes are layered and segmented, only to, all of a sudden, become syncopated in a seamless, almost ethereal manner, it's truly beyond me. And of course, the rest of the film is equally brilliant.