FILM TALK Episode #6: The Apartment (1960) Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, dir. Billy Wilder – Championed by Phil Campbell

Billy Wilder’s classic 1960 romantic comedy, The Apartment stars Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine, ably supported by Fred MacMurray, Ray Walston, Jack Kruschen, David Lewis, Willard Waterman, David White, Hope Holiday, and Edie Adams. Championed by Phil Campbell.

The Apartment was produced and directed by the icon of American cinema, Billy Wilder and is based on a screenplay he wrote with I. A. L. Diamond. The story sees insurance clerk, CC Baxter, played by Jack Lemmon, attempt to climb the career ladder by allowing a selection of senior management from his office to use his Upper West Side apartment to continue their nefarious extramarital affairs. The story twists when Baxter falls for the lift operator, Fran Kubelik, Played by Shirley MacLaine, who is also having an affair with his immediate boss and one of those taking advantage of his apartment.

The Apartment was nominated for no less than 10 Academy Awards and won an incredible five, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay. Quite rightly, the film has become regarded internationally as one central to world film history and has been chosen by the United States Library of Congress as one of the films to be preserved in the US National Film Registry.

As if that were not enough, The Apartment has also been chosen for inclusion in our FILM TALK list of the top 100 greatest films ever made as outlined in our special review, championed by Hammer Runner and FILM TALK contributor, Phil Campbell.

FILM TALK is all about us reviewing and appreciating the greatest films ever made. Each week we publish a new video reviewing and discussing a different classic film that is destined for our list of the 100 greatest films in cinema history, at least the greatest films in our opinion. We take an in-depth look at our chosen film, providing a detailed critical review, while also delving into the film’s background, exploring how it was made and the filmmakers behind it, with a quick dip into fascinating trivia to help provide a rich appreciation of our film that week.

FILM TALK is introduced by RABBIT & SNAIL FILMS’ director, Richard Edwards and each week his is joined by one of our regular contributors, including author, journalist and broadcaster Morris Bright MBE, The Hammer Runners, Phil Campbell and Brian Reynolds, who have worked in the industry since the late 1960s and film guru, historian and collector, Mark Priest, whose passion for the cinema knows no bounds. This edition of FILM TALK features Phil Campbell, one half of the wonderful Hammer Runners, who along with Brian Reynolds wrote Running Scared, a great insight life as runners at the iconic Hammer Films during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Brian is also a member of our FILM TALK team, but was away on holiday when this episode was recorded.

Visit the FILM TALK page to find out more about our contributors and our series, you can also find our growing list of the 100 greatest films ever made.