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Appraising the Graduate: The Mike Nichols Classic and Its Impact in Hollywood J.W. Whitehead

Appraising the Graduate: The Mike Nichols Classic and Its Impact in Hollywood

J.W. Whitehead

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ISBN : 9780786463060
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211 pages
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The popular success in 1967 of The Graduate was immediate and total- at the time, only Gone with the Wind and The Sound of Music were bigger box-office winners. Yet such phenomenal success came at a price: On the films 40th anniversary, directorMoreThe popular success in 1967 of The Graduate was immediate and total- at the time, only Gone with the Wind and The Sound of Music were bigger box-office winners. Yet such phenomenal success came at a price: On the films 40th anniversary, director Mike Nichols claimed that The Graduate had been whipped away by a young audience hungry for countercultural documents. This study, the first monograph on The Graduate, explores how popular and subsequent critical reception deflected a full understanding of the films complex point of view, which satirizes everything in its path--especially Benjamin and Elaine, its young heroes. The text explores how the film offers not the happy ending some imagine, but a corrosive and satirical vision of humanity.