Friday, 17 April 2015 07:49

Here's to You Mrs. Robinson - THE GRADUATE Screens Tonight at Webster University

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“Oh no, Mrs. Robinson. I think, I think you’re the most attractive of all my parents’ friends. I mean that!”

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THE GRADUATE  will screen at Webster University’s Moore Auditorium Friday April 17th at 7:30pm.

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THE GRADUATE (1967), director Mike Nichols’ second feature after he debuted with WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOLF? (1966), is still a delightful classic and a nostalgic piece of its time, to say the least. Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman, 30 years old at the time, convincingly playing someone a decade his junior) is fresh out of college, and comes back to his rich parents’ house in a California suburb. Bored and undecided about what to do with his life, Benjamin is seduced by a friend of the family, middle-aged Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft, who was actually only 36). When Mrs. Robinson’s daughter Elaine (Katharine Ross) shows up, Benjamin is forced to take her on a date. He hesitates at first and even tries to humiliate her by bringing her to a strip club, but he soon wants to marry her.

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THE GRADUATE’s witty screenplay (by Calder Willingham and Buck Henry, based on a novel by Charles Webb) and the unforgettable songs by Simon & Garfunkel are the perfect combination of joy & melancholy. Hoffman is terrific, Ross is charming, and Anne Bancroft is outstanding. I wouldn’t go as far as call Benjamin a true rebel – he’s way too passive for that. I’d argue Mrs. Robinson is more of a rebel than he is for most of the story, although she herself is trapped in a world of misery when Ben and her daughter decide to rebel together and give happiness, or at least freedom, a try. No matter how you judge this film today, THE GRADUATE still has the fresh smell of young alienation and passion intact. St. Louis-area movie lovers will get a chance to experience THE GRADUATE in all of its big screen glory when it screens this Friday, April 17th at 7:30 at Webster University’s Moore Auditorium (470 E. Lockwood in Webster Groves). It’s part of Webster University’s Centennial Film Series – a look at the Movies that Defined the Past 100 Years.

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Unless otherwise noted, admission is:

$6 for the general public
$5 for seniors, Webster alumni and students from other schools
$4 for Webster University staff and faculty

Free for Webster students with proper I.D.

Advance tickets are available from the cashier before each screening or contact the Film Series office (314-246-7525) for more options. The Film Series can only accept cash or check.

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Winifred Moore Auditorium (470 E. Lockwood, Webster Groves, MO 63119) :

Directions: Taking Highway 44 East, exit left on Elm Ave. Make a right on East Lockwood Ave. Immediately after passing Plymouth Ave., there will be a parking lot entrance to your right (lot B). Winifred Moore Auditorium is behind Webster Hall

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