Insurance worker C.C. Baxter lends his Upper West Side apartment to company bosses to use for extramarital affairs. When his manager Mr. Sheldrake begins using Baxter’s apartment in exchange for promoting him, Baxter is disappointed to learn that Sheldrake’s mistress is Fran Kubelik, the elevator girl at work whom Baxter is interested in himself. Soon Baxter must decide between the girl he loves and the advancement of his career.
Director Billy Wilder’s customary cynicism is leavened here by tender humor, romance, and genuine pathos.
Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus
Major accolades received by The Apartment (1960)
- Featured in Roger Ebert’s Great Movies list.
- Winner of Oscar’s Best Picture of the Year Academy Award.
- Included among the 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.
- Selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.
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