THE APARTMENT (1960)
Bud Baxter is a struggling clerk in a huge New York insurance company. He’s discovered a quick way to climb the corporate ladder – by lending out his apartment to the executives as a place to take their mistresses. He often has to deal with the aftermath of their visits and one night he’s left with a major problem to solve. Wilder directed Marilyn Monroe in The Seven Year Itch and Some Like It Hot. He grew to despise her demands for star treatment and her poor work ethic, and thus included the party-girl Monroe-esque character in this film. his is the first Best Picture Oscar winner to specifically refer to a previous winner, in this case two of them. First Grand Hotel, which Baxter attempts to watch on television but is too long delayed because of commercials. Bud’s boss also refers to Bud and Fran having “a lost weekend” together in Bud’s apartment, a reference to Billy Wilder’s earlier Oscar winner, The Lost Weekend. Premiere voted this movie as one of “The 50 Greatest Comedies Of All Time” in 2006. In 2007, the American Film Institute ranked this as the #80 Greatest Movie of All Time.