Post by super70s
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I probably should have said "any contemporaneous movie made in
1967....", I think Bonnie and Clyde is one of those timeless films that
wouldn't seem dated if it was released today.
If anyone cares, I don't think The Graduate is dated. Hollywood
continues to make movies in which the main character is a slacker in
some way, even a college grad or completed grad school, and just hasn't
gone into the profession he trained for. I think this will remain a
theme for a long time to come. That the younger generation and the
previous generation don't understand each other isn't going away either.
What I enjoy about The Graduate makes those moments timeless, and what I
don't enjoy about The Graduate isn't because it's a product of its time.
The main trapped character, Mrs. Robinson, married Mr. Robinson because
he knocked her up (and she never did anything with her art history
major). In a later era, she could have gotten an abortion in parts of
the country more readily and more safely, but as she herself was a main
character in that movie from the previous generation, that aspect of the
backstory doesn't date the movie.
Nah. I'm usually sympathetic to Mrs. Robinson. Benjamin still left his
lover, as the song says, although leaving her for her daughter is far
Also, why is Benjamin in love with Elaine? Yeah, she looks like
Katharine Ross. Benjamin's only motivation is "Because you were my
lover, you aren't good enough for her."
The movie ends escaping from her wedding and the life her parents wanted
for her. That's happiness? She flees with unmotivated Benjamin, and
quite frankly, she's not the least bit motivated herself. Are they in
love? Are they going to make it work? Are they going to bother to try?
Are they going to starve?
It's hard to imagine a positive future for them.
I'm sure I said all of this 10 years ago.