19 College Rd
HM Naval base
USA, 1960 / 125 MINS
DIRECTOR: BILLY WILDER
STARRING: JACK LEMMON, SHIRLEY MACLAINE, FRED MACMURRAY
Billy Wilder's bittersweet, heart-rending tragi-comedy/drama of a compliant insurance clerk who secretly lends out his apartment to other company executives for adulterous sexual affairs and liaisons. The plot thickens when the clerk realises that his building's elevator operator is being taken for trysts by his married boss to his apartment. The sophisticated yet cynical film of the early 60s is a bleak assessment of corporate America, big business and capitalism, success, and the work ethic, when a lowly but ambitious accountant enables his climb up the corporate ladder by ingratiating himself to his superiors.