Seduced by Mrs. Robinson
Book Review - Seduced by Mrs. Robinson: How "The Graduate" Became the Touchstone of a Generation by Beverly Gray
It's been a LONG time since I've seen The Graduate with Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, and Katharine Ross. So reading Seduced by Mrs. Robinson: How "The Graduate" Became the Touchstone of a Generation by Beverly Gray really brought back all the memories of the first time I saw this iconic film. While I was reading the book I felt like I needed to watch the book before reading it and then again after reading it...but it isn't available to watch for free and it isn't available to rent (online)! You can only buy it via iTunes and I wasn't that dedicated to watching the movie again.
The Graduate was released December 22, 1967 - so we are coming up on its 50th anniversary! This is the perfect time for Beverly Gray's book to come out (which will be available November 7, 2017 - you can pre-order your copy today and be among the first to relive the glory of this film!) This book dives into the lives of each of the three main actors, discusses the producer and the director, the screenwriter, and more. We learn a lot about the behind-the-scenes happenings that came together to create a movie that touches multiple generations.
There is a lot of talk about Dustin Hoffman not being attractive enough for this role (wha??) I mean A LOT. Apparently Dustin Hoffman didn't feel he had the right looks for the role and he was kinda shy and awkward about it. Looking back (and yes, hindsight is always 20/20) I think we can all agree he made that film. Also, let's talk about Ann Bancroft who, by the way, is only 6 years older than Dustin Hoffman yet, still played the role of "cougar" rather convincingly. And speaking of Cougars, did you notice the use of animal print in Ann Bancroft's wardrobe for this film? Obviously my favorite part of the book was discussing the wardrobe selection and I love the not-so-subtle touches in this film.
I'm excited for you all to read this book when it comes out in November. I learned so much about the movie, the behind-the-scenes, and how this super unorthodox movie made it into the hearts and homes of the young and young-at-heart back in 1967 and still today.
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