The Apartment (1960)
Netflix had originally been set to bring Welles’ unfinished film, “The Other Side of the Wind,” to the festival’s Out of Competition section, but the streaming giant announced it would not be attending the festival in any capacity after Cannes reinstated a rule preventing films without French theatrical distribution from competing for the Palme d’Or. The rule would not have affected “The Other Side of the Wind,” but Netflix wasn’t going to make an exception.
“The Eyes of Orson Welles” includes access to a lifetime of private drawings and paintings by Welles,
So which Best Actress winner from the ’80s is your favorite? Look back on each of their performances and vote in our poll below.
Sissy Spacek, “Coal Miner’s Daughter” (1980) — The ’80s began with Spacek earning her Oscar for playing country music star Loretta Lynn in the biopic “Coal Miner’s Daughter.” Spacek earned a previous nomination for “Carrie” (1976) and four subsequent nominations, for: “Missing” (1982), “The River” (1984), “Crimes of the Heart” (1986) and “In the Bedroom” (2001).
“Birdman” (2014) was the most recent Best Picture winner not to carry an acting award from at least three nominations, as Michael Keaton, Emma Stone and Edward Norton fell to Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”), Patricia Arquette (“Boyhood”) and J.K. Simmons (“Whiplash”), respectively. Arquette and Simmons were the supporting frontrunners all season, but Keaton was locked in a tight Best Actor race with Redmayne until the SAG Awards
That kind of above-the-line dominance usually comes with a corresponding nomination for Best Director, which historically has been linked with Best Picture. “Elmer Gantry” (1960) nearly pulled this off with wins for Best Actor Burt Lancaster, Best Supporting Actress Shirley Jones and Best Adapted Screenplay for writer-director Richard Brooks. But like “Three Billboards” writer-director Martin McDonagh, Brooks received Golden Globe and Directors Guild Awards nominations before getting snubbed by Oscar. Nominated for five Oscars, “Elmer Gantry” lost Best Picture to “The Apartment” and Best Original Score to “Exodus.”
Luise Rainer was the first actress to win two and the first performer to win back-to-back Oscars, triumphing for “The Great Ziegfeld” (1936) and “The Good Earth” (1937). Bette Davis (1935’s “Dangerous” and 1938’s “Jezebel”) joined her the following year. Eleven years later, Davis’ pal Olivia de Havilland won her second Oscar for 1949’s “The Heiress,” three years after her “To Each His Own” victory.
Two years after that, Vivien Leigh, who first took home the award for “Gone with the Wind” (1939), won for “A Streetcar Named Desire
Not so fast.
While 53 of the 89 Best Picture champs to date include an Oscar-winning performance, 36 of them (40%) did not win any acting awards. And among those three dozen winners are four of the eight films — “The Hurt Locker” (2009), “Argo” (2012), “Birdman” (2015) and “Spotlight” (2016) — decided by preferential ballot under the newly expanded slate of Best Picture nominees.
Surprisingly, an even dozen of the Best Picture winners did not even reap any acting nominations. That is welcome news for “Arrival,” which does not number an acting bid among its eight nominations. However, four of those films
And the Oscar goes to … the wrong film or person, most of the time. This we know. But for proof of the seemingly unbridgeable chasm between quality and the Academy Awards, try this: Alfred Hitchcock never got his mitts on a best director prize. He came within sniffing distance on five occasions. And while it would be unfair to cry foul over the award going in 1961 to Billy Wilder for The Apartment rather than Hitchcock for Psycho (they were both masters of the darkly bitter comedy, after all), it is harder to argue for the superiority of Leo McCarey, who won in 1945 for Going My Way, when Hitchcock was in contention for Lifeboat. He did eventually get a statuette for lifetime achievement but it might as well have had “too little,
Launching 1995, the Lumière Awards were started in order to highlight achievements in French cinema through the eyes of the foreign press.
Bellucci started her career in TV in her home country of Italy in 1990, but it wasn’t long before her talent started to gain international recognition in the film industry. By 1992 she made her first major international feature appearance in “Bram Stoker’s Dracula.”
The actress has featured in a number of high-profile French productions such as: “Asterix and Obelisk: Mission Cleopatra,” where she starred alongside French legend Gerard Depardieu, “The Apartment,” with her long time partner Vincent Cassel; and her international breakout feature, Gaspar Noé’s “[link
Arrow Video USA
1960 / B&W / 2:35 widescreen / 125 min. / Limited Edition / Street Date December 12 (29?) (?), 2017 / Available from Arrow Video
Starring: Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Fred MacMurray, Ray Walston, Jack Kruschen, David Lewis, Hope Holiday, Joan Shawlee, Naomi Stevens, Edie Adams, Johnny Seven, Joyce Jameson, Willard Waterman, David White.
Cinematography: Joseph Lashelle
Film Editor: Daniel Mandell
Original Music: Adolph Deutsch
Written by I.A.L. Diamond and Billy Wilder
Produced and Directed by Billy Wilder
… and it’s also the all-time champion New Years’ movie.
The Apartment (1960) – Film Review: ★★★★½/☆☆☆☆☆ Disc Review: ★★★★½/☆☆☆☆☆
Billy Wilder’s The Apartment is one of those quintessential American masterpieces which evokes a complex pattern of feelings, especially if revisited at different times in one’s life.
C.C. “Bud” Baxter is a lowly Manhattan office drone with a lucrative sideline in renting out his apartment to adulterous company bosses and their mistresses. When Bud enters into a similar arrangement the firm’s personnel director, J.D. Sheldrake, his career prospects begin to look up… and up.
But when he discovers that Sheldrake’s mistress is Fran Kubelik, the girl of his dreams, he finds himself forced to choose between his career and the woman he loves.
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The Apartment (1960) starring Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine is available on Blu-ray from Arrow Films December 26th. It can be ordered Here.
In 1960, following on from the success of their collaboration on Some Like it Hot, director Billy Wilder (Ace in the Hole, Sunset Boulevard) reteamed with actor Jack Lemmon (The Odd Couple) for what many consider the pinnacle of their respective careers: The Apartment.
C.C. ”Bud” Baxter (Lemmon) is a lowly Manhattan office drone with a lucrative sideline in renting out his apartment to adulterous company bosses and their mistresses. When Bud enters into a similar arrangement the firm’s personnel director, J.D. Sheldrake (Fred MacMurray, Double Indemnity), his career prospects begin to look up… and up. But when he discovers that Sheldrake’s mistress is Fran Kubelik (Shirley MacLaine), the girl of his dreams,
C.C. “Bud” Baxter is a lowly Manhattan office drone with a lucrative sideline in renting out his apartment to adulterous company bosses and their mistresses. When Bud enters into a similar arrangement the firm’s personnel director, J.D. Sheldrake, his career prospects begin to look up… and up. But when he discovers that Sheldrake’s mistress is Fran Kubelik, the girl of his dreams, he finds himself forced to choose between his career and the woman he loves.
• Limited Deluxe Edition Blu-ray [3000 copies]
• Brand new 4K restoration of the film from the original camera
With only 44 days until Oscar nominations and lots of confusion as to what might be nominated for screenplay (there are seemingly 7 locks for Original and only 1 contender for Adapted -- the math doesn't work. Haha!) let's use today's numerical trivia prompt for writing awards. Fact: Oscar's 4 favorite screenwriters have 44 nominations between them for writing. That's a lot of hogging of writing honors. They are...
Oscar's 20 Favorite Screenwriters
(Numbers below are for screenwriting categories only)
01 Woody Allen (16 nominations and 3 wins)
He's also been in the Acting and Directing races. Classics include Annie Hall, Hannah and Her Sisters, Manhattan and more...
02 Billy Wilder (12 nominations and 3 wins)
He's also been in the Directing and Producing races. Classics include Sunset Blvd, The Apartment, Some Like it Hot, and more...
03 John Huston (8 nominations and 1 win)
He's also been in the Acting, Directing, and Producing races. Classics include The African Queen, The Asphalt Jungle,
Join us as we take a look back at Billy Wilder's masterpiece, The Apartment...
“Be a mensch,” Jack Lemmon is told by his neighbour in The Apartment. “You know what that means? A human being.”
It’s the kind of feel-good, motivational poster message you’d expect to see from any number of warm and cosy romantic comedies from the last couple of decades, but while The Apartment most certainly has its warm and cosy parts, it’s much more complicated than that. A dark film about immorality and infidelity, it’s searingly angry, viciously satirical and at times deeply melancholic. It’s also a perfect film for Christmas and New Year.
Set over the festive period and concluding on New Year’s Eve, The Apartment stars Lemmon as Bud Bud, a lowly office worker who wants to climb the corporate ladder and finds a novel,
Monica Bellucci is set to be celebrated in Rome. The Italian actress will be honored with the 2017 Virna Lisi award as part of the Cinema Foundation for Rome’s Cityfest series, The Hollywood Reporter confirms.
Launched in 2015, the award is named after Lisi, “one of the rare Italian actresses who worked frequently across Italy and Hollywood,” the source writes. “She gained fame in postwar Italian film, including starring in ‘Casanova 70’ opposite Marcello Mastroianni and later appearing with Jack Lemmon in ‘How to Murder Your Wife’ and as Catherine de Medici in ‘Queen Margot.’”
Bellucci received a César nomination, France’s equivalent to an Oscar nod, in 1997 for her supporting role in “The Apartment.” “Spectre,” “The Wonders,” the “Matrix” franchise, and “Irreversible” are among her other credits.
“I had no idea when I was 25 that at 50 I would still be working. It is a great discovery for me,” Bellucci has said. She recently appeared in “Twin Peaks” and “Mozart in the Jungle.”
Bellucci will receive the award November 8.
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Big Business Girl
The Warner Archive Collection
1931 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 74 min. / Street Date September 14, 2017 / available through the WBshop / 21.99
Starring: Loretta Young, Frank Albertson, Ricardo Cortez, Joan Blondell, Frank Darien, Dorothy Christy, Oscar Apfel, Judith Barrett, Mickey Bennett, George ‘Gabby’ Hayes, Virginia Sale.
Cinematography: Sol Polito
Film Editor: Pete Fritch
Written by Robert Lord, story by Patricia Reilly & H.N. Swanson
Produced and Directed by William A. Seiter
Let’s hear it for the Warner Archive Collection’s voluminous vault of early ’30s Warners, MGM and Rko entertainments, which has given us a real education about this era of filmmaking.
Bill Hader and Billy Eichner are also on board. “Miss Congeniality” scribe Marc Lawrence is directing and writing the script.
The movie revolves around Santa’s daughter, presumably the titular Nicole, who is forced to take over the family business when her father retires and brother ends up getting cold feet prior to his first big Christmas Eve flight. MacLaine will play Elf Polly who was Nicole’s nanny and helped raise her all of her life.
Suzanne Todd is producing, while Louie Provost is overseeing the project for Disney. Production is expected to start sometime this fall. The film hits theaters on Nov. 8, 2019.
While this movie is not related to Disney’s “The Santa Clause” trilogy starring Tim Allen, the studio seems to be in the Kris Kringle business, as
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