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(NYPost)   "The Graduate" turns 50, bringing Mrs. Robinson and plastics that much closer   ( nypost.com) divider line
    More: Interesting, The Graduate, Mrs. Robinson, Ben, producer Lawrence Turman, Dustin Hoffman, Mike Nichols, Nichols total control, Elaine  
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2017-04-21 10:19:13 AM  
Lemonheads - Mrs Robinson
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2017-04-21 11:22:36 AM  
Are you trying to seduce me, subby?
 
2017-04-21 11:43:26 AM  
I just want to say one word to you......
Plastics
 
2017-04-21 11:46:51 AM  
My mother had Simon and Garfunkel albums, so I grew up hearing Sound of Silence, Mrs. Robinson, and Bridge Over Troubled Water (which I want played at my funeral).

I finally saw The Graduate many years later. It wasn't until well after that that I learned that Mel Brooks was married to Anne Bancroft.
 
2017-04-21 11:52:52 AM  

holdmybones: I just want to say one word to you......
Plastics


I was at a transportation seminar a few years ago. The speaker was taking about polymerization incidents. He showed pictures of the aftermath of a rail tank car in which the cargo had started to polymerize. Tank car went "boom" and bent adjacent rail lines. They knew it was happening and had evacuated the area, so no one got hurt.
Guy next to me whispers "Plastics... plastics." I tried unsuccessfully not to laugh
 
2017-04-21 12:06:11 PM  

holdmybones: I just want to say one word to you......
Plastics


Leonard Nimoy said it best!

// CIV IV for life.
 
2017-04-21 12:07:34 PM  

hugram: Are you trying to seduce me, subby?


Would you like me to seduce you?

 I watched that film when I was Ben's age. Despite being a generation removed it really spoke to me. Some themes transcend age and place.

 /what was the point of all of that hard work?
//you got me

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2017-04-21 12:09:53 PM  
I was in downtown Seattle at a theater watching Valley of the Dolls and after the movie was standing outside. A friend yelled at me from across the street in front of another theater, so I went and saw The Graduate with him. I enjoyed The Graduate more.
 
2017-04-21 12:11:48 PM  
It wasn't a few years ago when I realized that I was as much older than Mrs Robinson as she was older than Ben.

I think that parses.
 
2017-04-21 12:27:08 PM  
s3.crackedcdn.com

the greatest 'Now what?' moment in cinema.
 
2017-04-21 12:28:28 PM  
The only thing that really with stuck with me about the film was the ending.

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Well, that and the soundtrack
 
2017-04-21 12:29:12 PM  
Anne Bancroft was only 6 years older than Dustin Hoffman.

/Also, Laurence Harvey was only 3 years younger than his "mother" Angela Lansbury in The Manchurian Candidate
//Slashies!
 
2017-04-21 02:18:50 PM  
One of my very favorite films. Going to see it on the big screen this weekend.

Ben, this whole idea sounds pretty half-baked.
No, it's not, Dad. It's completely baked.
 
2017-04-21 02:31:29 PM  
I found the film to be very shallow and pedantic.
 
2017-04-21 03:29:24 PM  

kenshin5435: I found the film to be very shallow and pedantic.



She's not going to sleep with you.
 
2017-04-21 04:57:42 PM  

exparrot: [s3.crackedcdn.com image 350x623]

the greatest 'Now what?' moment in cinema.


Apparently that moment was totally unscripted. They just kept the camera rolling/didn't cut to black in post until past where the actors expected it.
 
2017-04-21 07:43:36 PM  
Anyone remember The Player? Buck Henry tries pitching The Graduate Part 2, in which the story picks up 25 years later.
 
2017-04-21 11:56:52 PM  
That ending always worked for me because it plays perfectly in two contradicting ways. You want to see it as a open ended way to finish the movie, where you can speculate on how it all eventually ends for them? It's perfect for that. Do you prefer movies that don't leave you hanging, where the movie shows you all you need to see to feel a complete story has been told? This ending is perfect for that too.
 
2017-04-22 12:08:52 AM  
I watched it again a few months ago. It's a great movie, but more depressing than I remembered it to be.

/so was 'Saturday Night Fever'
 
2017-04-22 03:59:48 AM  
I hate it. There's no way that a woman that looked like Anne Bancroft would go for a total dweeb like Dustin Hoffman. And as a character, Benjamin's a whiny little entitled bastard.
 
2017-04-22 08:05:29 AM  

farkeruk: I hate it. There's no way that a woman that looked like Anne Bancroft would go for a total dweeb like Dustin Hoffman. And as a character, Benjamin's a whiny little entitled bastard.


The fact that Mrs. Robinson does ensnare a dweebish Benjamin emphasizes her desperation and boredom as well as the moral corruption of the "establishment" generation. While it would be much easier to believe she would go for a Robert Redford type (who was rejected for the part), it would also make her a completely different character...much more likeable and sympathetic.

And yes, perhaps Benjamin is entitled and whiny, but he understands that this entitlement leads to the emptiness he sees in his parents' generation and is the very thing that he wants to change. That really one of the basic points of the film and he states it in the first exchange with his father who is trying to get him out of his room for the party....he's concerned about his future because he wants it to be "different."
 
2017-04-22 08:22:00 AM  
Hawk24: Robert Redford type (who was rejected for the part),

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No, he rejected the producers when approached (he was the first such of many who were before D.H.)

The (semi-famous) line he gave them was that he wouldn't be believable in the role because, and I quote, he "didn't look like a virgin even when [he] was one."

TCM airs it at least 4 times per year  and that factoid came from  the introductions before the first one I watched (It's a "slow-burn grower" movie as I didn't really grok why it considered a "classic" until my third viewing. It grows better with each successive viewing.)
 
2017-04-22 08:25:07 AM  
...introduction before...

...it is considered...
 
2017-04-22 08:27:47 AM  

Pandora's Litterbox: Hawk24: Robert Redford type (who was rejected for the part),

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No, he rejected the producers when approached (he was the first such of many who were before D.H.)

The (semi-famous) line he gave them was that he wouldn't be believable in the role because, and I quote, he "didn't look like a virgin even when [he] was one."

TCM airs it at least 4 times per year  and that factoid came from  the introductions before the first one I watched (It's a "slow-burn grower" movie as I didn't really grok why it considered a "classic" until my third viewing. It grows better with each successive viewing.)


Yep...you're right. Thanks for the correction.
 
2017-04-22 10:44:49 AM  

exparrot: [s3.crackedcdn.com image 350x623]

the greatest 'Now what?' moment in cinema.


THIS
 
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