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Co-presented by Tucson Festival of Books and The Loft Cinema.
Featuring a post-film discussion with Beverly Gray, author of the highly-acclaimed new book, Seduced by Mrs. Robinson: How The Graduate Became the Touchstone of a Generation! Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing at this event.
Glamorous, funny, sexy and sad, The Graduate is an emotional touchstone for an entire generation, not to mention a crowd-pleasing late-‘60s harbinger of the “New Hollywood” studio films that would storm the movie industry in the early ‘70s. Here we have cleverly-crafted student unrest in bourgeois clothing, as young Dustin Hoffman’s Benjamin Braddock, adrift after college, is craftily seduced by a woman of his parents’ generation: the fabulous 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 — more successfully turned counterculture angst into popular culture. The biggest box office surprise of the decade, an Oscar-winner for second-time director Mike Nichols, and a revved-up vehicle for Hoffman’s star-making breakout role, The Graduate darkly and humorously captured the restlessness of an era. Buoyed by a razor sharp screenplay from Calder Willingham and Buck Henry and a legendarily evocative pop score by Simon & Garfunkel, this remains one of the most beloved classics of the American screen, filled with so many instantly-iconic moments (“Plastics!”), it’s almost like a cinematic greatest hits compilation of the counterculture generation. (Dir. by Mike Nichols, 1967, USA, 106 mins., Rated PG)

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