Released in 1967, The Graduate was a breakout performance for Dustin Hoffman (he played Willy Loman in the Death of a Salesman film). In The Graduate, Hoffman plays Benjamin Braddock, a recent college graduate trying to find direction in his life while having an affair with Mrs. Robinson, an older married woman. He ends up becoming romantically involved with Mrs. Robinson’s daughter. This complicates things.
I’d like you to actively watch this film, as opposed to passive viewing. This means paying attention to the work as a piece of literature and an example of the art of film, and the craft of storytelling. You need to set up two “sections” of your notes, one for what you see and one for what you hear. As the film progresses, keep perpetual notes on what you observe. Be as detailed as possible in your responses. We shall discuss.
1. Visual imagery and symbolism. What do you see? What does it mean? (respond in journal)
2. The use of music and sound and words. How does this enhance the impact of the film (respond in journal)
3. In 1996, The Graduate was selected for preservation in the U.S. National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” What qualities does The Graduate possess that cause it to earn this distinction? Note that your opinion is not the focus of the question. Hence, avoid “I”. (answer as response to this post, at bottom. please use your regular name. Comments will open after the conclusion of the film)