Its that time of year again and I thought it appropriate to promote one of the best films ever made. The Graduate starring Dustin Hoffman as Ben Braddock is relevant even to todays college graduates.
Released in 1967 The Graduate, based on 1963 book by Charles Webb, chronicles the life of young Ben Braddock during the summer following his graduation from college. The opening scenes follow Ben on his return from college and his reception by his father at his graduation party.
This film is simple and straight forward. We get a glimpse into Ben’s life and the uneasiness he feels about his future. He is surrounded by people who seem to know what is best for him and yet he is not sure what he wants for himself.
What he does know is that he wants to make his own way. He had been the perfect son and perfect student. Now that school is over he feels lost and alone, until he is befriended by Mrs. Robinson, the mother of his childhood friend Elaine.
Benjamin and Mrs. Robinson cary on an affair over the summer, that is until Ben realizes he is truly in love with her daughter Elaine, and their secret quickly unravels.
With a plot this interesting no viewer will be left un-entertained.
The Graduate won many Oscar nominations, including: best cinematography, best adapted screenplay and best picture. Director Michael Nichols won an Academy award for best director and the film was placed on the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress for its significance to the movie industry.