30 Days, 30 Movies {Day 26} Billy Wilder or (The Apartment)

I happen to share my birthday with two cinematic legends:  Meryl Streep and Billy Wilder.  Maybe someday someone will say, “Hey, I share my birthday with Meryl Streep, Billy Wilder, and that screenwriter who has a blog… You know who I’m talking about?  No?  Me neither, but she’s listed here on Wikipedia.”

The last time I watched this movie it was a gray rainy day, and I cried.  This movie is super depressing on a rainy day.  It’s such a tragically beautiful story and film.  C.C. Baxter is a lonely bachelor working at a corporation.  He lets some of the higher ups use his apartment to entertain their mistresses.  Once the big boss finds out, he blackmails him in order to use his apartment to see Fran, the girl that Baxter likes.  Of course, Sheldrake is married with kids, and keeps Fran around by telling her that he’ll  leave his wife.  Baxter and Fran become friends.  The entire time you want them to get together.

There’s a scene in the movie revealing Fran’s suicide attempt.  Baxter thinks that Fran is still at his apartment because she passed out drunk, but he looks in his medicine cabinet, notices 1/2 a medicine bottle is empty, and looks at her in the reflection of the mirror.  You can see on his face that he realizes what she did.  It is a powerful scene because we find out about it along with Baxter.  It is all action.  It’s the kind of scene that all the people I have learned about screenwriting from would say, “That is an example of good screenwriting.”

Favorite Line: Shut up and deal

Favorite Character: C.C. Baxter

Favorite Scene:  When Sheldrake’s wife kicks him out!

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