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    Mike Nichols, director of 'The Graduate,' passes away at 83

    Type: Article | Date: Thursday, Nov 20, 2014

    Nichols was one of very few EGOT winners
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    Recounting Mike Nichols' climb from comedian to EGOT-winner

    Type: Post | Date: Thursday, Nov 20, 2014

    'The Graduate' director was no stranger to award ceremony affection
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    20 Best Performances in Mike Nichols Films

    Type: Gallery | Date: Thursday, Nov 20, 2014

    Both Mary-Louise Parker's performance and Mike Nichols' direction in ...
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    Mike Nichols' most intimate moments in film

    Type: Gallery | Date: Thursday, Nov 20, 2014

    It's one of the signature moments in movie history: Young Benjamin (Dusti...
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    A celebration of legendary director Mike Nichols and his masterpiece-studded career

    Type: Post | Date: Thursday, Nov 20, 2014

    We look back at the life of one of the EGOT winners
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    Prince's 'Batman' and 13 other top soundtracks by one artist

    Type: Post | Date: Monday, Jun 23, 2014

    "The Graduate," "Magnolia," and "Harold & Maude" also make the list
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    The Very Best Record Of The Year Winners of Grammy Past

    Type: Gallery | Date: Monday, Dec 8, 2014

    I prefer the spunky, spazzy Tina of "Better Be Good to Me" but &quo...
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    13 best movie soundtracks by a single artist

    Type: Gallery | Date: Monday, Jun 23, 2014

    Artist: Prince Best track: “Partyman” What makes the soundtrack...
  • The Graduate - Blu-ray Disc

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    "Just one word: plastic." "Are you here for an affair?" These lines and others became cultural touchstones, as 1960s youth rebellion seeped into the California upper middle-class in Mike Nichols' landmark hit. Mentally adrift the summer after graduating from college, suburbanite Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) would rather float in his parents' pool than follow adult advice about his future. But the exhortation of family friend Mr. Robinson (Murray Hamilton) to seize every possible opportunity inspires Ben to accept an offer of sex from icily feline Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft). The affair and the pool are all well and good until Ben is pushed to go out with the Robinsons' daughter Elaine (Katharine Ross) and he falls in love with her. Mrs. Robinson sabotages the relationship and an understandably disgusted Elaine runs back to college. Determined not to let Elaine get away, Ben follows her to school and then disrupts her family-sanctioned wedding. None too happy about her pre-determined destiny, Elaine flees with Ben -- but to what? Directing his second feature film after Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Nichols matched the story's satire of suffocating middle-class shallowness with an anti-Hollywood style influenced by the then-voguish French New Wave. Using odd angles, jittery editing, and evocative widescreen photography, Nichols welded a hip New Wave style and a generation-gap theme to a fairly traditional screwball comedy script by Buck Henry and Calder Willingham from Charles Webb's novel. Adding to the European art film sensibility, the movie offers an unsettling and ambiguous ending with no firm closure. And rather than Robert Redford, Nichols opted for a less glamorous unknown for the pivotal role of Ben, turning Hoffman into a star and opening the door for unconventional leading men throughout the 1970s. With a pop-song score written by Paul Simon and performed by Simon & Garfunkel bolstering its contemporary appeal, The Graduate opened to rave reviews in December 1967 and surpassed all commercial expectations. It became the top-grossing film of 1968 and was nominated for seven Oscars, including Best Picture, Actor, and Actress, with Nichols winning Best Director. Together with Bonnie and Clyde, it stands as one of the most influential films of the late '60s, as its mordant dissection of the generation gap helped lead the way to the youth-oriented Hollywood artistic "renaissance" of the early '70s. ~ Lucia Bozzola, All Movie Guide
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    20 greatest movie soundtracks of all time

    Type: Gallery | Date: Monday, Nov 18, 2013

    Best movie-music moment: Look no further than the cornball final scene, in wh...
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