Friday, May 6, 2011
A Tribute to The Graduate: I am Actually Graduating from Graduate School
Until, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind was released this was my favorite film. I like the dark humor, and the ending that seems happy but isn't. Hoffman was almost passed over for this role, but I couldn't imagine this film with anyone else. Bancroft was also supposed to be much older than him, and she wasn't in real life. Bancroft is so sultry and manipulative and just does a great job. The director Mike Nichols is a genius and has been one of my favorite directors for years; he directed Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Closer, Angels in America The Birdcage. The man has range and won the Best Director Oscar for this film. This film is one of the best shot films ever, and I love the artistry behind and in front of the camera.
This film introduced me to the music of Simon and Garfunkel. The song Mrs. Robinson was not submitted to be nominated for best original song, none of the tracks from the film were, which is unfortunate because this film has some of the best music. As I graduate at 7 pm tonight I will be thinking not only about my friends and family, but will be humming Mrs. Robinson to myself, and smile.