Archive for March 5th, 2012
The Graduate is a 1967 American comedy-drama motion picture directed by Mike Nichols. It is based on the 1963 novel The Graduate by Charles Webb, who wrote it shortly after graduating from Williams College. The screenplay was by Buck Henry, who makes a cameo appearance as a hotel clerk, and Calder Willingham. The film tells the story of Benjamin Braddock (played by Dustin Hoffman), a recent university graduate with no well-defined aim in life, who is seduced by an older woman, Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft), and then proceeds to fall in love with her daughter Elaine (Katharine Ross).
In 1996, The Graduate was selected for preservation in the U.S. National Film Registry as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”. Initially, the film was placed at #7 on AFI’s 100 Years… 100 Movies list in 1998. However, when AFI revised the list in 2007, the film was moved to #17.
Of course we all remember luscious Mrs. Robinson and coy, nervous Benjamin. But what about the fashion? Mrs. Robinson truly represents the 60s with her gartered stockings, leopard print coat, loose up-do, and heavy black liner. Benjamin goes for the sophisticate look, with his collared shirts, wool jackets, and cufflinks, like this classic Tuxedo set: