Cinema: The Graduate

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? showed that Director Mike Nichols, in his Hollywood debut, could make a film that was a succes d'estime, de scandale and de box office. The Graduate, his second screen effort, unfortunately shows his success depleted.

A brilliant young college graduate with a degree of innocence (Dustin Hoffman) returns to his parents' home in Los Angeles. There he is assaulted by fatuous friends of the family who entice him with offers. Most are commercial: "I have only one word for you," burbles a Babbittical businessman, "plastics." But one offer is...

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