Well, I see how impoverished my ambitions have been so far. It tied up everything the movie was about: impulse, rebellion, the confusion brought on by the beginning of adulthood. After trying to be pleasant for both of them, Elaine rushes out in tears. After the surprising credibility of the first third, the tight structure of plot and character begin falling to pieces. Elaine, eventually played by Katharine Ross, was supposed to be Candice Bergen, with Natalie Wood, Ann-Margret, and Jane Fonda on the wish list, too. Frustrated by George's lack of response to her affectionate maneuvers, Mary smashes the record that she had put on just for him and demands that he leave.
A number of film critics, one gathers, try to perform the same mental operations while they are actually watching a film. However, in the final analysis, director Nichols actually subversively portrayed how aimless and unalive the disaffected young generation was in the character of Benjamin - and would become as they approached middle-age and worked in sterile corporate settings. Right from the beginning, his took ordinary situations as comic mines—drawing out the ridiculousness from visits to a female doctor, or psychiatrists who talk like mothers, or cheap funerals. Since Elaine holds so much importance to Ben, it is likely that their relationship will not be a loveless marriage like the one of the Robinsons, marked by alienation and spitefulness. The trap of the sixties is complicity. He finally finds a reason to take some action in his life when he fights to win the love of Mrs.
For a college graduate, not sure about what he wants to do with his life next, escape from reality is the best antidote. The iconic image of Benjamin looking at Mrs. If they were able to perform the initial act of rebellion by running away from the wedding, they may still be able to make the conscious effort of having different lives than those of their parents. Underground propaganda has made us think of dropping out as a rather bold, active stroke. Ben: No, I don't, but I just feel a little funny.
First, we have the B. The trials that Benjamin seemed to forget once he had fixed upon getting the girl, we, too, are encouraged to forget. Her and Benjamin have a secret love affair going on that carries a deeper meaning than just an affair. A few transformative years witnessed—not fortuitously—dramatic shifts in the administration of government from Eisenhower to Kennedy and then to Johnson , a new consciousness of domestic deprivation, the beginnings of racial militancy, a new obsession with international morality, and the advent of psychedelic substances and the intense eclectic spiritualism that grew up around them. I want it to be. It can be easy to forget in this moment that the dysfunctional family lifestyle of the Robinsons was enough to force Ben and Elaine to rebel. This sounds somewhat amateur but considering that the soundtrack is now considered iconic, it makes it no less significant.
Knowing that he has not seen her daughter Elaine's Katharine Ross portrait done the previous Christmas, she lures him up the stairs to Elaine's bedroom. One directly engages the relevant, but one cannot rebel against an irrelevance; one drops out of it. The blooming petro-plastic industry in the 60s, or he did refer to 'condom'? Throughout the 1960s a rapid social, political, and artistic shift was occurring in America as a new generation fought to reorganize its understanding of gender in the face of how their parents understood it. The two different generations are also reflected in other dualities: the two rival women young innocent doe-eyed daughter Elaine and the older seductress Mrs. Robinson becomes so impossible that her machinations have to take place offscreen for almost the last hour of the movie, except for a two-minute confrontation with Benjamin when he appears searching for Elaine, and a one-line appearance in the wedding finale.
Do you suggest editing a previous answer when my response is in an alternate condensed manner that gives overlapping and additional information MattD? Yet we suspect that our distinction between legal and criminal is a quibble, that any shortcut toward making it will be seen as an aggression: you cannot bust magnificently out of the game. However unnatural what led up to it may have been, they will have a proper wedding night! There ensues a series of rendezvous at a hotel, but the affair comes to a screeching halt when Benjamin falls in love with the Robinsons' beautiful college-age daughter, Elaine Katharine Ross. The graduate is a young man named Benjamin Braddock Dustin Hoffman , who returns home to suburban Los Angeles from an Eastern college for the summer, loaded with credentials of glory, and at loose ends about what to do next. For him, there is no war to stop, no cause to espouse. A cohesive point of view should lead to a legible plan that relates each shot to the film in its entirety—or, failing that, at least to the surrounding shots, to whole scenes. Ben: Well, why can't you just lock the doors and go to bed? When he demurs at her demand that he never see Elaine again, she threatens to tell all.
He and Nichols parted ways amiably, and Murray Hamilton took over the part. For actress Marion Lorne, it was her final feature film. The Benjamin of the fifties—the Benjamin of the movie—makes trouble for a while, but pretty soon he comes around. Robinson is so hateful that it couldn't have been Benjamin's fault. He finds himself unexpectedly disenchanted with award-winning and aunt-kissing, and he regards his education as useless, but nothing that looks like an option has presented itself to him.
Mike Nichols used lighting and makeup to give Bancroft an older look. Like Benjamin, he would have to have no choice but the ordinarily forbidden. But there is a scene where she is drenched in a rainstorm; we can see her face clearly and without artifice, and she is a great beauty. The film condemns him because he is not a fit model, and because his ambitions for his son are misguided. He might be driven by the need to change the system or to take revenge upon it. Another way for Benjamin to escape, or hide, is in him wearing the sunglasses.
That will remain a mystery, but either way, the ending went over well at the premiere in New York. Elaine gets the picture and shrieks at him to get out. We are protected from the metaphor of their hopeless lives by distance and by disguise. What happens after the glamour? The film was also nominated for Best Director, Mike Nichols which he won ; Best Actor, Dustin Hoffman; Best Actress, Anne Bancroft; Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Katharine Ross; Best Cinematography, Robert Surtees; Best Picture, Lawrence Turman. Robinson may be the most fascinating character study, equal parts sexy and depressed. Robinson: She prepares drinks for both of them.