“The American Film Institute’s list of the 100 Greatest Movies was selected by AFI’s blue-ribbon panel of more than 1,500 leaders of the American movie community to commemorate 100 Years of Movies”. Every weekend(ish) during 2015, I’ll review two(ish), counting them down from 100 to 1.
“Oh no, Mrs. Robinson. I think, I think you’re the most attractive of all my parents’ friends. I mean that.”
Before starting Bored and Dangerous, I knew the name Mike Nichols and knew that he was seen as one of America’s great, modern directors. I’d even seen a few of his movies, even if I didn’t know they were his movies. But with this blog, I end up being a lot more aware of who made what, which has made me a lot more aware of Mike Nichols and why he’s seen as one of America’s great, modern directors. Earlier in this AFI Top 100 countdown, I was blown away by the fact that Nichols’ Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf was his first movie. What’s even more impressive than an amazing debut? Backing it up with a sophomore effort that’s even better, proving that first effort was no beginner’s luck. And that’s exactly what Mike Nichols did with The Graduate.
Coming home from his college graduation, Ben (Dustin Hoffman) is bored and aimless. His upper class parents (played by William Daniels and Elizabeth Wilson) indulge his lethargy, letting him laze by the pool, waiting for him to apply for grad school. Throwing a party to celebrate his graduation and show off their award winning son, Ben’s parents surround him with their own friends, not his. Including Mrs Robinson (Anne Bancroft). (more…)