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DIRECTED BY MIKE NICHOLS • STARRING DUSTIN HOFFMAN & ANNE BANCROFT • NEW 35mm PRINT!
"A GENERATIONAL MILESTONE! Consistently fleet and funny, even as it probes the heady abandon and looming hangover that typified the decade of discontent."
– Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York
(1967) “You’re trying to seduce me, Mrs. Robinson... Aren’t you?” Student unrest in bourgeois clothing, as Dustin Hoffman’s Benjamin Braddock, adrift after college, is craftily seduced by a woman of his parents’ generation: Anne Bancroft’s icily-assured friend-of-the-family Mrs. Robinson (actually only six years Hoffman’s senior). So it’s understandable that Ben’s dream girl Katharine Ross is a bit startled to learn that he’s been sleeping with... her mother. Arguably, no other movie of the 60s — not even Bonnie and Clyde or Easy Rider — turned counterculture angst into popular culture. The biggest box office surprise of the decade, Oscar-winner for second-time-out director Nichols (among seven nominations), and Hoffman’s star-making breakout role, with Simon & Garfunkel’s score starting a new trend in soundtrack music and one anthologizable moment after another: the pool-side graduation party packed with advice-offering adults (“Plastics!”); that famous leg shot (see photo, above); the jittery hotel rendezvous, co-screenwriter Buck Henry’s matter-of-factly querying, “Are you here for an affair, sir?”; the interrupted wedding, with the crucifix crossbar; and the lingering “what happens now?” close-up on the bus. Adapted by Henry and Calder Willingham from the Charles Webb novel. Approximately 105 minutes.
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"Owes its formal experimentation to the influence of the French New Wave... Nichols and veteran cinematographer Robert Surtees threw out the DGA playbook for The Graduate, experimenting wildly with lighting and lenses, lending the film a sense of freewheeling freshness, a sheen of visual inventiveness that hasn't dimmed over the years."
– Budd Wilkins, Slant Magazine
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“A MILESTONE IN AMERICAN FILM HISTORY!”
– Stanley Kauffmann
"Hoffman's infinite panoply of panicked facial reactions and the truly stunning planning of every sequence complement a film whose skepticism has aged very well... Its clear-eyed meanness remains invigorating."
– Vadim Rizov, The L Magazine
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“A LANDMARK! JUST AS PUNGENT — AND FUNNY — AS EVER!”
– Leonard Maltin
“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
“A director’s picture because even its mistakes are proofs of a personal style... Moving precisely because its hero passes from a premature maturity to an innocence regained, an idealism reconfirmed. That he is so much out of his time and place makes him more of an individual and less of a type. Even the overdone caricatures that surround the three principals cannot diminish the cruel beauty of this love story.”
– Andrew Sarris
“The most popular romantic comedy of the 1960s is an unusual movie, an artistic blockbuster… Suggests that youthful love and idealism are intense and dangerous, circumscribed with anxiety. Yet, for the audience in 1967, the end of the movie was taken as a triumph: Ben’s and Elaine’s victory over their parents… Remains a film of imagination, creativity, beauty, humor, tension and moral seriousness.”
– Michael Wilmington
“One of the best seriocomic social satires we've had from Hollywood since Preston Sturges was making them. Offers an image of silver-spooned, bewildered youth, standing expectantly out with misgiving where the brook and the swimming-pool meet, that is developed so wistfully and winningly by Dustin Hoffman that it makes you feel a little tearful and choked-up while it is making you laugh yourself raw.”
– The New York Times
“A formative influence on the counterculture and the movie that made Dustin Hoffman a star… Bancroft is tremendous fun… When the naïve Benjamin is in bed with her and wants to talk about art, the comic moments click along with the rhythm of a hit Broadway show.”
– Pauline Kael
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