- isaLv 51 decade agoFavorite Answer
The Graduate (1967) is one of the key, ground-breaking films of the late 1960s, and helped to set in motion of new era of film-making.
The theme of an innocent and confused youth who is exploited, mis-directed, seduced (literally and figuratively) and betrayed by a corrupt, decadent, and discredited older generation (that finds its stability in "plastics") was well understood by film audiences and captured the spirit of the times. One of the film's posters proclaimed the difficult coming-of-age for the recent, aimless college graduate:
This is Benjamin. He's a little worried about his future.
The two different generations are also reflected in other dualities: the two rival women (young innocent daughter Elaine and the older seductress Mrs. Robinson), the two California settings (Los Angeles and Berkeley) and S. and N. California cultures (materialistic vs. intellectual), and the division in Benjamin's character (morally drifting and indecisive vs. committed).
There was already a growing dissatisfaction with the status quo and middle-class values, and the breakthrough film mirrored that anarchic mood perfectly for America's youth of the 60s during the escalation of the Vietnam War. However, in the final analysis, director Nichols actually subversively portrayed how aimless and unalive the disaffected young generation was (in the character of Benjamin) - and would become as they approached middle-age and worked in sterile corporate settings. [In the same year, it joined Bonnie and Clyde (1967) as one of the most popular films for the college-aged generation.] It was complemented by the music of the popular singing duo Simon and Garfunkel from their Grammy-winning The Sounds of Silence album (with songs composed earlier and previously-released except for "Mrs. Robinson"), with meaningful, haunting lyrics to enhance the film's moods and themes.
The film was adapted first for the stage (at London's Gielgud Theatre), and then premiered on Broadway in early April of 2002, with Kathleen Turner reprising her role as Mrs. Robinson, along with Jason Biggs and Alicia Silverstone in the other major roles. Many viewers of this mid-60's film are unaware that Harold Lloyd's race to the rescue to prevent the wedding of a girl he loves earlier appeared in the silent-era film comedian's influential film Girl Shy (1924).
The film was nominated for a total of seven Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Dustin Hoffman), Best Actress (Anne Bancroft), Best Supporting Actress (Katharine Ross), Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Cinematography. The film won only one award - Best Director. The Oscar-nominated screen adaptation by Calder Willingham and Buck Henry (who appears as the hotel's desk clerk) was based on the novel of the same name by Charles Webb (a recent graduate of the East Coast's Williams College when he wrote his first novel). Warren Beatty, Charles Grodin, Robert Redford, and Burt Ward (the 'Robin' character of the TV series Batman) were all considered for the role of Benjamin, and Patricia Neal and Doris Day were considered for the part of Mrs. Robinson. Dustin Hoffman had already been cast as Nazi playwright Franz Liebkind in The Producers (1968) when he bowed out and took the role of Benjamin Braddock. His defection forced Mel Brooks to quickly recast the trademark role with Kenneth Mars.
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- YLv 51 decade ago
生於富裕家庭, 剛大學畢業的班哲文因為受不了社會制度的束縛, 不願在名利商場中打滾, 與一名有夫之婦的羅賓遜太太發展不倫戀, 以表現對現實的抗衡, 而她的丈夫更是班哲文爸爸的生意伙伴, 後來, 班哲文認識了羅賓遜太太的女兒 Elaine, 兩人共墮愛河, 當然受到羅賓遜太太的反對與阻撓, 但班哲文認清真愛, 便要與羅賓遜太太斷絕交往, 最後班哲文成功與elaine結婚,
2006-10-19 15:51:37 補充：
本片儼然已成為60年代後期的電影代表作。即使今天來看，本片題材仍然相當辛辣及有趣！本片為德斯汀荷夫曼第一部擔任男主角的電影，一鳴驚人！Buck Henry（客串了飯店櫃檯人員）和 Calder Willingham 改編自 Charles Webb 的小說。導演則因在當年新銳的拍攝手法而獲得了一座奧斯卡獎。本片榮獲奧斯卡最佳導演,英國電影金像獎最佳影片、新人 (德斯汀荷夫曼)、導演、編劇、剪接獎另外, 本片的一個最經典場面是Elaine本在教堂與別人行婚禮, 但班哲文衝入教堂中斷結婚儀式, 並成功奪得美人歸, 這個場面已成為現今很多電視電影的一個橋段。