FilmWeek Screenings: ‘The Graduate’ — selected and hosted by Larry Mantle
“Dee dee dee dee dee dee dee dee dee dee dee dee dee
And here’s to you Mrs. Robinson…”
Mike Nichols’s romantic comedy-drama “The Graduate” recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. It is in the top 20 of the American Film Institute’s best American movies list and has the distinction of being the last film to win an Academy Award for best director and nothing else (despite being nominated in six other categories). It also happens to be one of Larry Mantle’s favorite films. On June 2, he returned to the Theatre at Ace Hotel for another installment of FilmWeek Screenings to showcase the movie and host a post-screening conversation with special guests.
“‘The Graduate’ beautifully captures a slice of 1960s California. It’s given us iconic lines and enduring images that immediately come to mind. Like many, I’ve never had the pleasure of seeing ‘The Graduate’ on a big screen. I can’t wait for the first notes of Simon & Garfunkel’s score to come out of those concert speakers at the Ace.” – Larry Mantle
The FilmWeek Screenings series – selected and hosted by Mantle – is dedicated to movies set in Southern California. “The Graduate,” which was based on the novel of the same name by Charles Webb, was mostly set in Pasadena, but Mrs. Robinson’s house is actually in Beverly Hills. And the “Taft Hotel,” where Benjamin and Mrs. Robinson conduct their affair is the old Ambassador Hotel; USC doubled as UC Berkeley. Other Southern California locations included Calabasas, Laverne, UCLA and West Hollywood.
In the film, Ben Braddock (Dustin Hoffman), fresh out of college and disillusioned with life, finds himself stuck between his older lover, Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft), and her daughter (Katharine Ross).
“The Graduate" (1967)
Directed by Mike Nichols
Written by Calder Willingham and Buck Henry (screenplay), Charles Webb (novel)
Starring Anne Bancroft, Dustin Hoffman and Katharine Ross
Running time: 106 minutes
The 4K restoration of this film is courtesy of Rialto Pictures and Studiocanal.
Beverly Gray, entertainment journalist, teacher at UCLA Extension’s Writer’s Program, and author of “Seduced by Mrs. Robinson: How ‘The Graduate’ Became the Touchstone of a Generation”
Buck Henry, writer of “The Graduate”
Peter Rainer, film critic for KPCC and Christian Science Monitor
Lawrence Turman, the producer of "The Graduate"
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