FILM IN LINGUA ORIGINALE

Il prossimo film in lingua originale è The Apartment, in programma al Visionario lunedì 17 dicembre ore 14.40 e 19.20 e martedì 18 dicembre.

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The Apartment  is a 1960 American romantic comedy film, produced and directed by Billy Wilder, starring Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine. The supporting cast are Fred MacMurray, Ray Walston, Jack Kruschen, David Lewis, Willard Waterman, David White, Hope Holiday, and Edie Adams.

The film was an instant hit with critics and won five Academy Awards, including the awards for Best Picture and Best Director, in 1961. Lead actors Jack Lemmon and Shirley Maclaine saw their performances rewarded at both the Golden Globes and the BAFTAs.

In the years since its release, The Apartment has come to be regarded as one of the greatest films ever made, appearing in lists by the American Film Institute and Sight and Sound magazine, and being selected by the United States Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry.

The story follows C. C. “Bud” Baxter, a lonely clerk at a national insurance corporation in a high-rise building in New York City. In order to gain promotion, Bud allows four company managers to take turns borrowing his Upper West Side apartment for their various extramarital affairs, which are so noisy that his neighbours assume that Bud is a playboy bringing home a different woman every night. The four managers write glowing reports about Bud; the personnel director, Jeff D. Sheldrake promotes Bud, but he knows why the reports were so enthusiastic and demands exclusive privileges to borrow the apartment himself.

Bud is secretly in love with the lovely lift operator Fran Kubelik; when he discovers that his hardnosed employer, J. D. Sheldrake, is using the apartment to sleep with fran, he is heartbroken….

 

“Mixing comedy and drama is notoriously hard, but The Apartment makes it look easy. Like a perfectly balanced Martini, the film has just enough emotion to offset the numbing dryness of its cynicism; like the best sweet-and-sour sauce, it never lets sentiment overpower tartness, or vice versa. The result is one of Billy Wilder’s most satisfying and enduringly beloved films. Amid its merciless satire and ebullient charm, it has moments so painful they leave you winded as from a blow to the solar plexus; a moment later you’re laughing. Inspired by a misremembered incident in Brief Encounter (1945), Wilder turned prurient curiosity about a man who would opportunistically lend his home for adulterous trysts into a surprisingly heartfelt defense of simple decency. Jack Lemmon, at his funniest and most touching, plays a man who tries his best to conform to a shallow, crass, and shamelessly sexist culture. Shirley MacLaine injects bracing wit into a victim of this culture – a woman who seems to stand outside herself, commenting sharply on her own pathos. …”  (Imogen Sara Smit)