When it comes to watching films that are generations past their initial theater release, it is often difficult to grasp the social impact the picture may have had or the lines of morality it may have crossed compared to society’s current norm. Even without the benefit of the subject matter being considered edgy by today’s standards, the 1967 film The Graduate offers viewers the opportunity to look back while at the same time tells a timeless tale of triumphant rebellious love. Like love, The Graduate has been able transcend the test of time.
Dustin Hoffman earned an Oscar nomination for his role as Benjamin Braddock, a recent college graduate who becomes the love interest of young college student Elaine Robinson (Katharine Ross) and her mother Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft). The film was nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture, and Director Mike Nichols won the Oscar for Best Director. Oscar nominations were also bestowed upon Anne Bancroft and Katharine Ross.
The Graduate won the Golden Globe award for Best Motion Picture – Musical/Comedy, Anne Bancroft won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Actress – Musical/Comedy, and Director Mike Nichols won the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Director. Katharine Ross and Dustin Hoffman each won the Golden Globe for Most Promising Newcomer in their respected categories.
The music of Simon & Garfunkel is predominant throughout the film, which adds tremendously to the picture’s appeal. The most recent film that comes to mind, in which an artist’s music cuts through notably in a film, is Eytan Mirsky’s work in The Tao of Steve.
Acclaimed singer-songwriter Paul Simon won a Grammy for his work in The Graduate. The now legendary duo, Simon & Garfunkel, performed 11 songs on the film’s soundtrack, which included The Sounds of Silence, Scarborough Fair, and Mrs. Robinson. When music and film collaborate seamlessly, as in The Graduate, the end result is an experience that is destined to leave a lasting imprint on the viewer.
The litany of accolades The Graduate has received is a testament to the timeless relevance of this masterful gem. The Graduate is DVD gold.