Simon & Garfunkel is one of my all-time favorite groups. What an amazing rise to success for these two young boys from Queens, New York, who went on to become the world’s most successful music duo of all time. But, this post is not just about this famous Rock n Roll duo, but it is about the film and the beginning of many a new thing that celluloid was to witness in years to come. Yeah, you got me right—almost a cult film—here’s to you, Mrs. Robinson. What an amazing song, and an equally beautiful and bold movie, ‘The Graduate’. Timeless!!! It never ceases to amaze me, so I thought to pen down a few words in my blog about this wonderful, path-breaking movie.
The movie gave rise to a new syndrome: The Mrs. Robinson Syndrome. There is even a shorter version; they call it, Mrs. Robinsoning. As Benjamin rightly puts it across, “Mrs. Robinson, if you don’t mind my saying so, this conversation is getting a little strange.” But, I am not here to discuss this syndrome, although I must admit it is an interesting topic for both researchers and writers. Some other day…
Back to the film; in my opinion, the film was one of the key, ground-breaking films of the late 1960s, and helped to set in motion a new era of film-making. The film is about a nebbish, who did not have a clear idea about his future and is caught in a web of social and sexual morals of the society in that era.
The director, Mike Nichols, does a wonderful job in reflecting the dual nature of the characters, places, and thing—the two female characters, the young and innocent, Elaine and the temptress, Mrs. Robinson; northern and southern California (LA versus Berkeley); and material versus intellectual.
I don’t remember if this was the first of its kind movie in Hollywood that opened the door for many more films of such genre, but it definitely give us a wonderful actor, Dustin Hoffman. “Mrs. Robinson” topped the Billboard charts and earned Simon & Garfunkel a Grammy for Record of the Year. This was the first film a band provided end-to-end soundtrack for a movie.