Director: Mike Nichols
Screenplay: Calder Willingham and Buck Henry based on the novel by Charles Webb
Whatever it's future status, unlike say "Gone with the Wind" who's cinematic accomplishments really aren't realized in modern cinema, arguably “The Graduate,” is the most influential American film post-“Citizen Kane.” Editing techniques that seem fairly normal today came from this film. A famous montage continually zeroes in on Benjamin Braddock (Hoffman in his first film role) face in one room until it gets so close, then we continually back up to show him now in another room, in another place in time. That was “The Graduate,” and that’s just one of its inventions, like-wise the use of it's modern pop music as soundtrack, by using the Simon & Garfunkel songs to underline the action.
After the affair has gone on for awhile, Benjamin, still working hard to go aimlessly through life, decides to go on a date with her daughter. Elaine (Katharine Ross) How he tries to sabotage this date, and then the events that culminate in him crashing a wedding, and by the way, the most unbelievable and most homaged wedding sequence ever, you have to experience to believe, and then laugh. And then reflect, as they presumably do on, well, just, how ridiculous and stupid what they just did was. (Yeah, I don't think "The Sound of Silence" is anybody's wedding song, for a reason.)