Billy Wilder was a master at combining heart-wrenching
romanticism with brutal cynicism, as is the case in The Apartment (1960). Fidgety Jack Lemmon plays an office drone who seeks
advancement by lending out his title digs to the company bigwigs. All goes well
until he falls for the hapless cast-off (Shirley MacLaine at her most winsome)
of the big boss (Fred MacMurray at his most loathsome).