Books and Movies Reviews

The Graduate; Rendezous at the Taft Hotel

When this assignment was given, I'm sure that many of my fellow students nearly panicked when given the task of finding a movie with many of the technical elements that our Film Arts class had covered so far this semester. I for one, found this task to be enjoyable and my subject for this assignment is a great coming of age film directed by Mike Nichol's called The Graduate.The Graduate was made in 1967 and starred a young Dustin Hoffman along with Anne Bancroft and Kathryn Ross (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid). This particular film discusses many of the key aspects of thefirst five chapters of our textbook and I will show you, the reader of this paper, how Mike Nichols incorporated these technical aspects of good film making into this fabulous movie, The Graduate.
As was stated in the introduction, The Graduate is a story about a young man named Benjamin Braddock (Hoffman) that is coming of age in the late 1960's but doesn't seem to have a clue what he will do with his life. He comes from a fairly wealthy family in an affluent neighborhood. Benjamin has just graduated from college and is in a rut, so to speak, because he is expected to automatically be a man and a responsible adult all of the sudden. This is a challenge that Benjamin isn't quite fond of. After a graduation party at his parents home, Mrs. Robinson (her husband is Benjamin's fathers business partner) asks Benjamin to give her ride home where she then seduces the bewildered young man. Benjamin refuses the advances atfirst but later on he accepts the seduction and begins an affair with the older Mrs. Robinson. During the affair, Mrs. Robinson reveals the unhappiness in her life. As the spark in the affair begins to wear out, Elaine Robinson (Mrs. Robinson's daughter and h!
igh school classmate of Benjamin) comes home for a visit and catches the eye of Benjamin. Much to Mrs. Robinson's dismay and against her warnings, …


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