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

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

By: J W Whitehead (author)Paperback

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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 film's 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 film's 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.

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  • publication date: 15/04/2011
  • ISBN13: 9780786463060
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 221
  • ID: 9780786463060
  • weight: 299
  • ISBN10: 0786463066

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