Newcastle Community Cinema will be screening Billy Wilder’s classic 1960 comedy The Apartment on Saturday 19th July 2014 at 5pm.
After the huge successes, both critically and commercially, of Some Like It Hot, Billy Wilder had wanted to work with Jack Lemmon again and this time paired with Shirley MacLaine, in his “dirty fairy tale”; a story of true love in a world of infidelity, set in the steamy Upper West Side of New York City.
The result, another enormous success for both Wilder and Lemmon, was the peerless “The Apartment”, a movie which many argue has stood the test of time in it’s’ themes, even better than its’ predecessor. Being the story of lonely office drudge CC Baxter (Lemmon, seldom finer), who allows his apartment to be borrowed by four of his company managers to be used for their grubby and extra-marital trysts.
The Apartment is a gleeful, sharply scripted, and ruthlessly poignant film about love, elevated by glorious acting and an atmospheric NYC backdrop that always looks so evocative in black and white. It took both Best Picture and Best Director at the Oscars in 1960, and is consistently referred to as a milestone in 20th Century American comedy, inspiring such films as American Beauty.
Tickets for the screening at Annesley Hall cost £5 each and can be purchased directly from the film club’s website. Don’t miss this opportunity to catch a bonafide golden-era comedy classic on a big screen.