Director: Mike Nichols
The Graduate is a shining example of a perfect film. There is not one single thing that has gone wrong or could be improved in this picture. The cinematography is perfect and dazzling, especially in the first half of the film.
The soundtrack works perfectly with the picture and the story line , I enjoyed it immensely even though at any other time I hate hearing those particular songs.
Robert Surtees was the director of photography on this picture , he has had a long and distinguished career, some of his work includes Ben-Hur,The Last Picture Show and The Sting. The work he has done on his film is nothing short of amazing. The first half of the picture seems to be filmed to look like a European art house film, yet with that American flair.
The second half of the film plays out a little differently, the two parts could be two different films, the second half focusing more on the characters whilst leaving the style in the first half behind. Dustin Hoffman plays Ben Braddock, a young man who has just graduated from college and feels stifled and suffocated by his parents expectations for his future.
He’s not sure what he wants to do but he knows he wants the option to choose for himself. The film is really as much about Ben finding himself, or getting up the courage to make a decision than it is about romance.
The Graduate has a spectacular and well-known ending, which for me felt at once perfect but I would have been happy had it gone either way.
I recommend this film for all adult audiences. It’s tasteful, well directed and acted and will be a pleasure to watch. 10 out of 10.