Seduced by Mrs. Robinson by Beverly Gray
How "The Graduate" Became the Touchstone of a Generation

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Do not take this as a nose-thumb so much as a brow-furrow. The author’s interview with Hoffman took place in 2008 — and here we come to a clue to understanding the book’s tortured structure, its pained search for an angle: Most of the research seems to have taken place a decade ago.
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“Mrs. Robinson, you’re trying to seduce me. Aren’t you?”

When The Graduate premiered in December 1967, its filmmakers had only modest expectations attached to what seemed to be a small, sexy, art house comedy adapted from an obscure first novel by an eccentric twenty-four-year-old. There was little indication that this offbeat story--a young man just out of college has an affair with one of his parents’ friends and then runs off with her daughter--would turn out to be a monster hit, with an extended run in theaters and seven Academy Award nominations.

The film catapulted an unknown actor, Dustin Hoffman, to stardom with a role that is now permanently engraved in our collective memories. And just as it turned the word plastics into shorthand for soulless work and a corporate, consumer culture, The Graduate sparked a national conversation about what came to be called “the generation gap.”

Now, in time for this iconic film’s fiftieth birthday, author Beverly Gray offers up a smart close reading of the film itself and vivid, never-before-revealed details from behind the scenes of the production--including all the drama and decision-making of the cast and crew. For movie buffs and pop culture fans, Seduced by Mrs. Robinson brings to light The Graduate’s huge influence on the future of filmmaking, and it explores how this unconventional movie rocked the late sixties world, both reflecting and changing the era’s views of sex, work, and marriage.
 

About Beverly Gray

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After earning her Ph.D. in American literature at UCLA, Beverly Gray spent nearly a decade in the film industry, where she was Roger Corman's story editor and creative executive at Concorde-New Horizons Pictures. Currently she teaches screenwriting at UCLA Extension and covers the entertainment world for the "Hollywood Reporter". Her first book, "Roger Corman: An Unauthorized Biography of the Godfather of Indie Filmmaking", was published in 2000, to great critical acclaim.
 
Published November 7, 2017 by Algonquin Books. 304 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography.
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Reviewed by Lisa Schwarzbaum on Jan 05 2018

Do not take this as a nose-thumb so much as a brow-furrow. The author’s interview with Hoffman took place in 2008 — and here we come to a clue to understanding the book’s tortured structure, its pained search for an angle: Most of the research seems to have taken place a decade ago.

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