Classic Movie Discussion Group
Public is invited to a free viewing and discussion of the movie “The Graduate” (1967, 105)”The viewing will be held at the Covenant Community Center, 322 W. Pecan in Sherman, on Wednesday September 13., 2017 at 6 pm with Jerry Lincecum leading the discussion.
Back in UK cinemas as part of the BFI’s Dustin Hoffman season, Mike Nichols’s near-flawless class satire still feels as sly, modern and bracing as it must have in 1967. Hoffman plays Ben Braddock, the twitchy, disaffected son of middlebrow California wealth who begins an ill-advised affair with Anne Bancroft’s bored-out-of-her-mind cougar Mrs Robinson, but finds himself way out of his depth. Countless scenes have leaked into the wider culture: Mrs Robinson blocking Ben’s nervous escape with one perfectly placed leg; a tedious friend of the family stopping our hero to discuss his bright future in the promising world of plastics; Hoffman floating topless on a lilo, this diminutive New York theatre actor knowingly posed as a paragon of glamorous Hollywood manhood.
Simon and Garfunkel’s cheery songs are lovely – though, as Paul Simon has admitted, the song ‘Mrs Robinson’ has no relevance to the film aside from its name. And the chase-to-the-church finale is magnificent, culminating in one of the most unnerving and downbeat closing shots in cinema. It’s possible to pick holes – Katharine Ross is badly underserved as Mrs Robinson’s comparatively bland daughter. But its blend of sardonic wit and simmering frustration hasn’t aged a day.
By: Tom Huddleston, Posted: Monday June 19 2017
The free viewing will be held at the Covenant Community Center, 322 W. Pecan in Sherman, on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 6 pm, with Walter Brice & Jerry Lincecum as organizers. To receive an email notice a couple of days before the showing send email to firstname.lastname@example.org type ”send movie notice” with name, phone and email.
Popcorn and lemonade furnished. Bring your soda and chair pillow and invite a friend.
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CLASSIC FILM GROUP: SCHEDULE FOR Oct.-December 2017
October 11: “East of Eden” (1955, 117”)
The film is loosely based on the second half of the 1952 novel of the same name by John Steinbeck. It is about a wayward young man who, while seeking his own identity, vies for the affection of his deeply religious father against his favored brother, thus retelling the story of Cain and Abel. Directed by Elia Kazan the film stars James Dean (in his first major screen role), Julie Harris and Raymond Massey. It also features Burl Ives and Jo Van Fleet.
November 8: “Harvey” (1950, 104”)
wood P. Dowd (James Stewart) is a middle-aged, amiable though somewhat eccentric man whose best friend is an invisible 6′ 3½” tall rabbit named Harvey. As described by Dowd, Harvey is a pooka, a benign but mischievous creature from Celtic mythology who is especially fond of social outcasts (like Elwood).
December 13: “The Hanging Tree” (1959, 106”)
Set in the gold fields of Montana during the gold rush of the 1860s and ’70s, this Western stars Gary Cooper, Maria Schell, George C. Scott and Karl Malden. The story follows a doctor who saves a criminal from a lynch mob, then learns of the man’s past and tries to manipulate him.