DELIGHTFUL… COUNT THIS ONE A WINNER
The Graduate is one of the great American cinema classics.
Benjamin Braddock (Hoffman) is a young man with it all. Good looking, a wealthy family and a beautiful fiancé the world is at his feet. That is until he meets Mrs Robinson (Bancroft) the wife of one of his family friends and mother of his fiancé Elaine (Ross).
What she provides for Ben is a path outside of the one pre-ordained and for him that’s at first both exciting and rebellious. But what starts as a fun physical sideline turns into a quagmire of loneliness and isolation in what is a powerful statement of 1960s youth and expectation.
The Graduate is iconic in so many ways from the opening sequence mimicked by Tarantino in Jackie Brown to the instantly recognisable and always listenable soundtrack from Simon and Garfunkel.
With sublime editing from Sam O’Steen (Chinatown, Cool Hand Luke, Postcards from the Edge), photography from Robert Surtees (The Last Picture Show) and great performance all round there’s not a hair out of place in this lovely work that just keeps getting better and more important with age.