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The Graduate

Directed by Mike Nichols and starring Dustin Hoffman, William Daniels, Murray Hamilton, Buck Henry, Brian Avery. Recent college graduate Benjamin Braddock is trapped into an affair with Mrs. Robinson, who happens to be the wife of his father’s business partner and then finds himself falling in love with her teenage daughter, Elaine.

“The Graduate,” the funniest American comedy of the year, is inspired by the free spirit which the young British directors have brought into their movies. It is funny, not because of sight gags and punch lines and other tired rubbish, but because it has a point of view. That is to say, it is against something. Comedy is naturally subversive, no matter what Doris Day¬†thinks.

 

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Nichols’ “Five Rules for Filmmaking”:

1: The careful application of terror is an important form of communication.

2: Anything worth fighting for is worth fighting dirty for.

3: There’s absolutely no substitute for genuine lack of preparation.

4: If you think there’s good in everybody, you haven’t met everybody.

5: Friends may come and go, but enemies will certainly become studio heads.

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