Essential Cinema: The Wilder Touch

THE APARTMENT

Directed by Billy Wilder

USA, 1960, 2h 5min, DCP

Essential Cinema  The Wilder Touch

AFS Cinema

6406 N I-35 Suite 3100 Austin, TX 78752

Pricing

General Public
$13 evening / $10.50 matinee

$4 discounts for AFS MAKE & WATCH members. Free for LOVE & Premiere.

Always a keen observer and deflater of American mores, Wilder found his dream couple in Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine. Lemmon plays a young and ambitious office worker who, in the hopes of currying favor from his higher-ups, lends his apartment to corporate execs for romantic trysts with their mistresses. At the same time he becomes more and more attached to the elevator operator Fran Kubelik (MacLaine.) When these two aspects of his romantic and work life begin to conflict, he finds himself in a real quandary. A near-perfect film, romantic and world-weary in equal proportions.

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