The Graduate Background

The Graduate Background

The Graduate is a 1967 American comedy/drama film which was directed by Mike Nichols. It is based on the 1963 novel The Graduate by Charles Webb. The story mainly revolves around the character of Benjamin Braddock who graduates with a Bachelors degree and enters into an affair with his father's business partner's wife. Her name is Mrs. Robinson in the book and she seduces Benjamin as she has been in a loveless marriage with Mr. Robinson. However, Benjamin's parents later encourage him to take Mrs. Robinson's daughter Elaine out on a date. Mrs. Robinson does not approve and she later tells Elaine that Benjamin raped her when she was drunk. Mr. Robinson hears this and tells Benjamin to leave Elaine alone. Mr. Robinson arranges Elaine to marry a former lover by the name of Carl but Benjamin breaks up the wedding as he realizes that he wants to be with Elaine. The two of them board a bus and enter a life of uncertainty.

The movie was created to represent the story that was initially written by Charles Webb, which in turn was written to describe how reckless a graduate/student may be as they are uncertain about their future and how this may lead them to make reckless decisions. The author/director also wrote/directed the story/movie to portray how loveless marriages can result in one partner becoming unfaithful and considering other lovers instead to fill up the void in their lives.

The movie was received well by fans and critics. In fact, A.D. Murphy of Variety described the movie as a "delightful satirical comedy-drama" and Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times claimed that the movie was the "funniest American comedy of the year". The film received Academy Award nominations for Best Picture and Mike Nichols won the Academy Award for Best Director.

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