Big screen classics

The Apartment

Wilder’s spiky fable centres on an insurance clerk torn between professional ambition and romantic idealism.

Image from The Apartment

USA 1960
Dir Billy Wilder
With Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Fred MacMurray
Digital 4K
Certificate PG

Billy Wilder and IAL Diamond’s sharp, cynical script concerns an insurance clerk (Lemmon) who, bent on promotion, lends his apartment to his philandering superiors, only to find that the elevator girl he’s fallen for (MacLaine) is being courted by his boss. If the behaviour on view is murky, the leads’ performances evince a tender humanity, ensuring that the film is both funny and poignant.

The screening on Wednesday 1 December features a pre-recorded intro by critic and improviser Tara Judah.