The Graduate

And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people, maybe more.
People talking without speaking,
People hearing without listening,
People writing songs that voices never share
And no one dare
Disturb the sound of silence.

- The Sounds of Silence

Every generation says it won't happen to them. "I'm not going to be like my parents. I'm not going to sell out my dreams." Breaking away from your parents, establishing your own identity, holding on to what you know to be true - these issues are timeless ones - and ones that came blazing into the open in the Sixties. No film captured this better than the The Graduate. In a world of crushed dreams, Benjamin Braddock finds the meaning of having true love: Life itself.

This is such a beautiful film. The soundtrack, the scenery and the energy all weave together to strike a chord deep inside. As each of us struggle to reach or maintain our own dreams, we are reminded how all things must resolve into love. We can only imagine the life awaiting Benjamin and Elaine as they leave on the bus, but theirs is a dream we all share.

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The Graduate was a much analyzed film in its day (probably overanalyzed). In the reviews of the film, you are as likely to hear comments about society as you are Director Mike Nichols' innovative and inspired filming techniques. Also read about Nichols discussing a pre-cast Graduate in a 1967 New York Times article. The soundtrack is one of the most famous in history. Read about Paul Simon's feelings about the film and album. Of course, lines from The Graduate have become a piece of Americana, woven into the fabric of our culture. Listen to them all over again or read them in the script. I also have (too few) pictures of the film and characters. And, as part of the 25th anniversary of the film, Dustin Hoffman (Ben), Katherine Ross (Elaine), Buck Henry (Screenwriter) and Lawrence Turman (Producer) are interviewed. Read their quotes about the making of the movie. And finally, an AVI file of one of the most famous scenes in movie history.






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