I watched "The Apartment" the other day. I watched it alone and cried at the end! It is one of the few times that I have been able to identify the reasons for my reaction. Four reasons:
1) Jack Lemmon has always reminded me of my maternal grandfather. His look, his voice, and the way he carries himself.
3) My sister told me a story that our mother had told her. It was about the first time my mother had seen "The Sound of Music" (CORRECTION: It was actually the first time my mother had seen The West Side Story...as corrected by my mother.) and that after the film, her and her friend were overcome with a joy and excitement that made them giggle and cry as they ran down the middle of the street. (After leaving the New Year's Eve party...Shirley MacLaine is shown running down the street, smiling with joy and excitement.)
4) The score reminded me of the Adagio in Gustav Mahler's symphony number 10. I was given a recording of it a while ago. I wanted to post it here...but unfortunately couldn't figure out how to. The recording I have is Riccardo Chailly.... if you want to find it. Try your local library.
I have been trying to identify something unnamable, for a while now. It's a feeling and a sound and an image and something very real, but I really can't figure it out. It is out there and that is where it is meant to be, probably.