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    The Graduate “Just one word … plastics,” the statement that alone can summarize Mike Nichols’ 1967 film, The Graduate. However, when Mr. McQuire tells the movie’s main character, Ben Braddock, that there is "a great future in plastics" he finds it irrelevant and escapes to be alone in his room. However this comment surreptitiously creates a parallel to everything we see in Ben’s life. Whether it be the apprehensive relationship with his parents, an alienated affair with Mrs. Robinson, or the near

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    The Graduate, a film directed by Mike Nichols in 1976, is a film that has influenced the way I view the world. It is a story of a college graduate, Benjamin Braddock (played by Dustin Hoffman), who finds himself trapped in the superficial or “plastic” world around him. Because of this, he feels trapped, depressed, and insecure about his future. This makes him an easy target for Mrs. Robinson (played by Anne Bancroft), the middle-aged cougar and wife of his father’s business partner. At Ben’s Graduation

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    The film elements montage, subjective camera, and left to right and right to left to portray that Ben feels trapped and does not have a clear vision of what he should do with his life in the film The Graduate. Throughout the film, the director uses a montage to prove that Ben is in a constant routine that he is trapped inside of. A montage is when a series of short shots display a long period of time being passed. An example of when a montage portrays Ben being trapped is during the summer when he

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    One of my favorite movies is The Graduate released in 1967 and based on the 1963 novel The Graduate by Charles Webb. It is regarded as a classic and shows a lot of psychological issues of the 60s brought on by social norms. An older-neglected housewife named Mrs. Robinson seduces a recent 21-year-old graduate, Benjamin Braddock.. During the 40s until the 70s, because of mother’s strong involvement in their children’s life, many children never learned to take care of themselves. Benjamin is a clear

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    The Graduate is a coming of age story focused on the confusion and fear that many young adults feel as they try to strike out and make a life for their own. The film focuses on Ben Braddock as he tries to figure out what do with his life, which is further complicated by an unfortunate love triangle involving Ben and two women who happen to be mother and daughter. The opening scenes of the film serve to introduce the audience to Ben and the hopelessness, emptiness, and angst that he feels as he struggles

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    The Graduate is a great example of a film where lens and camera choices were used effectively to convey the director’s point of view. It seemed like every choice made by the director Mike Nichols director and the director of cinematography Bob Surtees was justified. The outcome of each shot played an important role in shaping the message of the film. The cinematography of Bob Surtees is very complicated and thoughtful but at the same time seems poetic and spontaneous. All of Mrs. Robinson and

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    Mike Nichols delivered a memorable piece through his film, “The Graduate.” A mildly comedic-drama about a young man, Benjammin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman), lost in sense of “direction” and found his path through the seduction of an older woman, Mrs. Robinson, (Anne Bancroft). We saw all sorts of visual and verbal dramatic scenes to depict Braddock’s lack of experience tackling the world after submerging himself in school. When Braddock’s life after graduation began, Braddock was pressured with so

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    Film Analysis of “The Graduate” The 1967 film by Mike Nicoles “The Graduate” is about Benjamin Braddock, a recent college graduate, who is at a crossroads in his life. He is caught between adolescence and adulthood searching for the meaning of his upper middle class suburban world of his parents. He then began a sexual relationship with the wife of his father’s business partner, Mrs. Robinson. Uncomfortable with his sexuality, Benjamin and Mrs. Robinson continue an affair during which she asked

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    The Graduate, the director, Mike Nichols’, emphasizes the mysterious tone of the film with his overuse of lighting, camera angles, and shadows. The uncertainty Benjamin Braddock feels can be seen right from the start as he stands on the moving sidewalk at the airport. He is positioned at the right hand side of the screen moving forward. You can see a large area to the left where the credits appear. I think the director chose this technique for the opening credits to symbolize how this graduate is

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    The use of sound in The Graduate The movie The Graduate was a pioneer for the film industry in regards to its use of popular music as non-diegetic sound throughout the film. The Simon and Garfunkel sound track fit in very nicely to set the tone of the film and give the audience clues as to what the characters were feeling. Aside from the non-diegetic sound the diegetic sound was also used very effectively to express character emotions, in particular Ben’s emotions. Ben’s disconnect from society

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