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The Apartment (1960)

A tight script and superb acting from Shirley MacLaine and Jack Lemmon bring together this Billy Wilder classic.

Episode Notes

In the new episode of Flashback, movie critics Dana Stevens and K. Austin Collins discuss the comedy The Apartment (1960), directed by Billy Wilder.

Other titles mentioned in the episode:
Sunset Boulevard (1950)
Butterfield 8 (1960)
Conversations with Wilder
Some Like It Hot (1959)
Ace in the Hole (1951)
Stalag 17 (1953)
The Lost Weekend (1945)
Double Indemnity (1944)
Ball of Fire (1941)
Ninotchka (1939)
Nobody’s Perfect
Brief Encounter (1946)
Fast Times on Ridgemont High (1982)
The Crowd (1928)
Gaslight (1944)
Children of Paradise (1946)
Ikiru (1956)
When Harry Met Sally (1989)
Frances Ha (2013)
Manhattan (1979)
Billy Wilder Tapes
Eve’s Bayou (1997)
Dietrich & von Sternberg in Hollywood
Wanda (1970)
Alexandria…Why? (1979)
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Within Our Gates (1920)
One From the Heart (1982)

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Production by Chau Tu.

About the Show

Every two weeks, film critics Dana Stevens (Slate) and K. Austin Collins (Rolling Stone) revisit notable films from the past—movies outside of the current releases and that have influenced modern culture and canon—and analyze them with a contemporary, critical eye.

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  • Dana Stevens is Slate’s movie critic.

  • K. Austin Collins is a film critic for Rolling Stone and a crossword constructor for the New Yorker and the New York Times.