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The Apartment, New York, NY (1960)

Artist/Designer: Edward Boyle

Project Location: New York, United States

Figure 1: Baxter’s triumphant walk in the Corporation’s open office: he brings his Rolodex card
file with him. The Apartment, directed by Billy Wilder. © Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. 1960.
All rights reserved.
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Figure 2: Fran’s compact mirror and Baxter’s dismayed expression split in two. The Apartment,
directed by Billy Wilder. © Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. 1960. All rights reserved.
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Figure 3: In the apartment’s kitchen, Baxter demonstrates his culinary talent, draining spaghetti
onto a tennis racquet before serving it with meatballs. Fran is on the threshold of the kitchen. The
Apartment, directed by Billy Wilder. © Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. 1960. All rights reserved.
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Primary Material(s):
No Primary Material Assigned.

Workplace, Residential Structure

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Significant Date(s):
20th Century, 1960

Additional Information:
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Building Address: 2 Broadway, Manhattan, New York, United States, West 69th Street, New York, NY, 52 New Street, Manhattan, New York, United States

Tags: 1960, 20th Century, apartment, mid-century, New York, Manhattan, NY, Office, Workplace, Film, Film set, fictional interiors, film set

Significant Dates: 1960, 20th century, Released June 30, 1960

Supporting Staff/ Designers: Tom Plews, Edward G. Boyle, Alexandre Trauner,

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