Jul 27 - Aug 02, 2012
(Mike Nichols, USA, 1967, 35mm, 106 min)
New 35mm print!
"Mrs. Robinson, you’re trying to seduce me…aren’t you?" Glamorous, sexy (coo, coo ca-choo, indeed) and sad, The Graduate is an emotional touchstone for an entire generation. Dustin Hoffman stars as Benjamin Braddock, a recent college graduate in search of a little direction in his life. He soon finds himself having an affair with the wife of his father’s partner, Mrs. Robinson (the fabulous Anne Bancroft). Things get even more complicated when he falls for her daughter (Katherine Ross). The film darkly and humorously captures both the restlessness and ennui of the era. Be on the lookout for screenwriter Buck Henry’s hilarious cameo as a hotel desk clerk. With memorable direction by Mike Nichols, a script by Buck Henry and legendary score by Simon and Garfunkel, The Graduate remains a glorious classic of the American screen.
“The funniest American comedy of the year... Hoffman is so painfully awkward and ethical that we are forced to admit we would act pretty much as he does, even in his most extreme moments. Bancroft, in a tricky role, is magnificently sexy, shrewish, and self-possessed enough to make the seduction convincing... Benjamin’s acute honesty and embarrassment are so accurately drawn that we hardly know whether to laugh or to look inside ourselves.”–Roger Ebert
"Dear anyone who's never seen The Graduate: What the f**k is wrong with you?...It's a bittersweet comedy that's never been topped." -The Stranger