Detroit Film Theatre


DFT 101: THE GRADUATE

Saturday, November 24, 2012

 Detroit Film Theatre

(USA/1967—directed by Mike Nichols)

Student unrest in bourgeois clothing, as Dustin Hoffman’s Benjamin Braddock, adrift after college, is craftily seduced by a woman of his parents’ generation: Anne Bancroft’s icily-assured friend-of-the-family Mrs. Robinson (actually only six years Hoffman’s senior). So it’s understandable that Ben’s dream girl Katharine Ross is a bit startled to learn that he’s been sleeping with... her mother. Arguably, no other movie of the 60s—not even Bonnie and Clyde or Easy Rider—turned counterculture angst into popular culture. The biggest box office surprise of the decade, Oscar®-winner for second-time-out director Mike Nichols (among seven nominations), and Hoffman’s star-making breakout role, with Simon & Garfunkel’s score starting a new trend in soundtrack music. Adapted by Buck Henry (who doubles as the suspicious hotel clerk) and Calder Willingham, from the Charles Webb novel. A new 35mm restoration, supervised by Nichols. (105 min.)

“A landmark! Just as pungent and funny as ever.” –Leonard Maltin

“A milestone in film history.” –Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
 
Special funding provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
 
Saturday, November 24 at 4:00 PM
 
Admission to all showings in the DFT 101 series is free to DIA members. Please show your membership card to the ticket taker to gain admittance.