Film report: The Graduate

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Film report: The Graduate

The Graduatereleased in 1967

About the DirectorMike Nichols was born in Berlin, Germany on November 6, 1931. Although German- born he was an American film director, stage director, writer, producer, and comedian. He found a passion in American television and influenced future movies as he won Tony Awards, Academy Awards, Oscar Awards, Grammy Awards, Emmy Awards, and Golden Globe Awards. His interest in film and acting began in college. He was originally enrolled in a pre- med program at University of Chicago, but soon dropped out as he realized he had a love for everything theatrical. He then moved to New York where his television career commenced. Throughout his lifetime, Mike Nichols acted in television series, wrote film scripts, and most dominantly directed movies. The first movie he directed was “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf?” in 1966. From there, he excelled in every aspect of American film.

Any good movie is filled with secrets. —Mike Nichols

Fascinating Facts About The Graduate1. In the film, Mrs. Robinson and Benjamin are portrayed as having a vast age difference, but in reality they are only six years apart in age. 2. Some of the scenes shot in University of California- Berkeley were actually filmed at the University of California- Los Angeles and the University of Southern California.3. In the first hotel scene between Mrs. Robinson and Benjamin, Benjamin grabbed Mrs. Robinson’s breast, began laughing, and then began to bang his head against the wall. This originally wasn’t in the script, but Benjamin’s actor spontaneously decided to do this in the scene and Mike Nichols loved it and kept it in.4. Nichols uses the use of the camera zoom to enhance Benjamin’s loneliness and pressure to become something repeatedly throughout the film.5. Nichols constantly uses shadows and dark rooms to enhance the mysteriousness in certain situations. For example, whenever Mrs. Robinson is in the scene.

About Anne BancroftAnne Bancroft starred as Mrs. Robinson in the Graduate. She was born in The Bronx, New York on September 17, 1931. During her lifetime she was awarded with Tonys, Emmys, Academys, and Golden Globes. Before she began her acting career she studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Bancroft had been acting since the early 1950s, from television broadcastings to Broadway shows. Anne Bancroft’s first film was “Don’t Bother to Knock,” and she continued acting until her death. Unfortunately, she died in 2005 at the age of 73 due to uterine cancer, however the impact she had on acting continued on.

About Dustin HoffmanDustin Hoffman was born in 1937 and began acting soon after as he dropped out of college to pursue is acting dream. He began at the Pasadena Playhouse and worked his way up to acting in films. The film that caught everyone’s attention was “The Graduate.” From there he became very well known and extremely popular as he was the star of many other movies. The characters he acted as over the years were all drastically different and he became known as a versatile actor for taking on eclectic roles. He is currently doing voices for upcoming cartoon movies such as the Kung Fu Panda films. The last movie he acted in was “Little Fockers,” in 2010. Dustin Hoffman was a part of many well known movies and continues to take part in films to this day.

Works Cited“Anne Bancroft Biography.” Bio True Story. Web. http://www.biography.com/people/anne-bancroft-262811. Viewed 12/9/13.“Dustin Hoffman Biography.” Bio True Story. Web. http://www.biography.com/people/dustin- hoffman-9341124. Viewed 12/9/13.“Mike Nichols Biography.” Bio True Story. Web. http://www.biography.com/people/mike- nichols-9422944. Viewed 12/9/13.“The Graduate Trivia.” IMDb. Web. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0061722/trivia. Viewed 12/9/13.

1. “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” 2. “Grandview, U.S.A 3. “36 Fillette”These three movies are similar to “The Graduate” in many ways. The graduate is about a man having an affair with a much older woman, and then begins to have an affair with her daughter. The major themes, genres, and ideas that these movies focus on and have in common are sex, relationships, and age difference. In “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” (1982) the character, Stacy Hamilton, loses her virginity to a much older man. At the time, Stacy was 15 years old. She was insecure about her body and struggled to gain the appearance she desired. In “Grandview, U.S.A.,” (1984) a young male character in the film starts a love triangle among women he started relationships with. In this movie there is a large age disparity between each of the characters which causes secrecy and confusion. The film “36 Fillette” (1988) revolves around a young woman who strives to be more mature. She begins to dress more scandalously and sneak out to clubs she is too young for. One night she sneakily maneuvered her way into a club and met a man much older than her. After they spent some time together at the club, the middle aged man took her home where they had sex. These four movies are all similar in plot and portrayal of relationships between widely ranged aged men and women.


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