The Graduate

The Graduate ★★★★★

I don't have much of a sweet tooth. I'm more of a savoury kind of guy. That doesn't mean I'm indifferent to cake, because I am not, but in a scenario where a decision needs to be made and financial resources are a limiting factor I will go for a pack of crisps and leave cheesecake alone. And over the years I have convinced myself that my taste in film somehow reflects my culinary preferences and that I am simply not very big on comedies.

Now having revisited Mike Nichols' The Graduate on the big screen in a beautiful anniversary restoration print, I have to admit to have been mistaken. It's not that I am not very big on comedies, but just not very big on modern comedies. And The Graduate is by far the funniest film I have seen in a very long time. However, beneath its lighthearted demeanour of a dialogue-heavy stage comedy, the film harbours a truly dark and creepy commentary on relationships, societal expectations and a generational gap between the baby boomers and the disillusioned masses who grew up being good boys and girls whilst secretly desiring to protest the establishment, take drugs, or just even in the most meaningless way upset the status quo.

So, yeah. It turns out I like comedies.

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