Monday, August 1, 2011
back to 'the apartment'
Sometimes you look around and you don't like what the world has become, and you just need to go back to 1960, an imperfect but an easier-to-comprehend year.
The Heights Theater in the suburb of Columbia Heights is a very cool, totally retro movie theater. They even have a beautifully restored organ and an organist playing it before the film starts. At the moment, the theater is showing a series of films directed by Billy Wilder, and last night the movie was The Apartment, starring Jack Lemmon and Shirley Maclaine and winner of the Best Picture Oscar for 1960. It's a movie that I've seen multiple times, but I had only seen in on TV, never in a theater, so I talked Jerry and James into going to see it with me. Surprisingly, it was a nearly-full and appreciative audience and a fun evening.
James (remember, he is 18 years old) afterwards: "Wow, that was way better than I was expecting!", and it's now his new favorite black-and-white movie.
Also, the theme music from The Apartment is memorable. Back when I was a young piano student (circa 1960!) it was an "in" piece for all piano students. I still have the somewhat raggedy sheet music for it and I play it every week.