#247: The Graduate (1967)

When and how did I watch this?

August 21st, 2015, on my friend’s Plex account.  My baby daughter Aurora stayed awake the entire film, which is some sort of record.

Had I seen this film already?

Yes — I saw it in a literature class in high school.

What did I know about the movie before watching it?

I had a fair understanding of the film and remembered the memorable plot.  Wayne’s World 2 parodied the legendary final scene.The sixties. Simon and Garfunkel. Lots of awkward.

What do I know about it now?

It’s refreshing to see a film that really takes care of each camera angle, facial expression, line delivery, and edit in order to convey the perfect tone, especially in a time period where they were still using film and it was dang expensive.  Being married changes the way I feel about the affair, the subsequent chase and withdraw between the leads, and the constant preoccupation with “where are you going, Ben?” among every supporting character.

What are some themes in the film?

Miscommunication, jealousy, obsession with “what’s next” or having some sort of plan in a random, chaotic world, and certainly the sensitivity of a sexual relationship (even though the circumstances of this one are wholly absurd).

Did this affect me personally?

More so than last time.  I was old enough to appreciate a good story the first time around, but I felt like I had command over the film this time, recognizing all of the nuances and really understanding the protagonist to the core.

Why is this ranked #247?

I think people misunderstand this film.  It should be ranked far higher.

Did my wife watch/like it?

Yes.  Portions of it made her feel anxious, however.

Would I watch it again?

Yes.

Would I recommend it to a friend?

Without question.

Does it deserve to be on this list as one of the greatest films of all time?

Of course.

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