Hello! We're on to The Graduate, a 1967 film by Mike Nichols that earned Best Actor Oscar Nominations for its three leads (Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, and Katharine Ross) and a Best Director Oscar. It also gave a voice to whiny, privileged college graduates everywhere (and I include myself among their number). "They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?" ranks The Graduate at #194.
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- So about a minute and a half into the movie I'm already appreciating the reliance on the Simon and Garfunkel soundtrack...it's brilliant at capturing the alienation of Benjamin Braddock. I mean, Paul Simon is Mr Alienation, after all.
- I'm impressed with the shots where Ben is moving forward but doesn't seem to be. In the opening, he's on the moving sidewalk, but he stays at exactly the same point in the frame. Also, later in the film when he's running towards the camera but doesn't seem to ever get any closer to it. I think it helps to emphasize that Ben's just sort of treading water, so to speak.
- Love the fish tank imagery. At the beginning, he has the fish tank in his room, and later when he's given the scuba suit and spends time in the pool. It shows how Ben is drowning and trapped, and also feels incredibly isolated from his loved ones.
- Speaking of Ben's loved ones, holy crap Ben's dad is Mr Feeny!
- I love Anne Bancroft, but when she struts into Ben's room with a lit cigarette, she kind of reminds of Cruella De Vil. Seriously.
- Ben's a little bit of a jerk - he doesn't have very good manners. He acts very put out when anyone asks him to do something. Subtle rebellion against tradition and the status quo? Or is he just kind of a douche?
- So how many times a week do Ben's parents make people come over to their house and celebrate their son? A graduation party is one thing, but I would annoyed if I got invited to some random acquaintance's house just to see their adult son in a scuba diver's outfit. Also, who gets their kid a scuba suit? That's the oddest birthday present ever.
- "Are you here for an affair, sir?" Classic.
- "Would you mind telling me then what those four years of college were for, what was the point of all that hard work?" Ben doesn't have an answer. I think we all go through that period after college when we just sit and think, "OK...what do I do now?" This film was so significant for its time because in the 60s, middle class kids started going to college in huge numbers, and this was something that spoke to them.
- No offense Elaine, but I think you can do better than this yuppie dork who showed up to the party a decade and a half early. Look at him:
- Wait a minute, did Richard Dreyfuss just show up and volunteer to call the cops?
- Now hold on just one second. When Ben shows up at the church, he's trying to fend off all the crazed wedding guests, so he takes a crucifix off the wall and uses it as a weapon. Fantastic!