Luckily, Baxter comes home in time to find her, and working with his neighbor Dr. Dreyfuss they save her life. She is bed-ridden for the next few days, and in that time they begin to really care for each other.
Shirley MacLaine is also great at Miss Kubelik, which, by the way, is what she is called throughout the film. Only Sheldrake uses her first name, and when he does it sounds more fake than when Baxter calls her by her last name. When the doctor asks Baxter what her name is, he has to take a moment to try to remember; when he does say it, it sounds positively intimate. MacLaine as Kubelik projects just the right amount of spunkiness and weakness. We believe that she is smart enough to know Sheldrake is only using her, but not strong enough to break way or smart enough to realize that Baxter is in love with her.
|"I love you, Miss Kubelik." "Shut up and deal."|
The Apartment is not as flashy as Ben-Hur or as colorful as Gigi, but in its own down-to-earth way, it's a better film than both of them. If you like genuine and emotional films, this is the film for you.
*Academy Award Best Picture of 1960*
Produced and Directed by Billy Wilder
Screenplay by I.A.L. Diamond & Billy Wilder
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Elmer GantryI'm sorry to say that this is one of the years where I haven't seen most of the other nominees. I have seen Elmer Gantry, which features Burt Lancaster in his Oscar-winning role, beating out Jack Lemmon. Shirley Jones, from Oklahoma! and later "Partridge Family" fame, won Best Supporting Actress. Sons and Lovers is the film of the melodramatic D.H. Lawrence novel; I couldn't finish it, so I don't want to see the film version, either. Let me spoil John Wayne's The Alamo for you by telling you that they all die. And The Sundowners is another of those "epic" films like How The West Was Won, this time about sheep-herders in Australia. Sorry, but even the presence of Deborah Kerr can't get me to watch that. Elizabeth Taylor in Butterfield 8 beat MacLaine (and Deborah Kerr) for Best Actress; Peter Ustinov in Spartacus beat Jack Kruschen as Dr. Dreyfuss for Best Supporting Actor.
Sons and Lovers
Sons and Lovers