Film synopsis of the graduate

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John Gomez

Justin Garcia

Film Ap.

The Graduate

Main Characters

Dustin Hoffman (Benjamin Braddock)

Anne Bancroft (Mrs. Robinson)

Katharine Ross (Elaine Robinson)

William Daniels (Mr. Braddock)

Elizabeth Wilson (Mrs. Braddock)

Brian Avery (Carl Smith)

Walter Brooke (Mr. McGuire)

Norman Fell (Mr. McCleery)

Alice Ghostley (Mrs. Singleman)

Marion Lorne (Miss DeWitte)


The movie "The Graduate" directed by Mike Nichols is an anti-establishment film that tells the story about the coming of age of a young man named Benjamin Braddock played by Dustin Hoffman. Ben who recently graduated from college with a Bachelor's degree is confused about his future. He is pulled in numerous directions by his parents, friends, and other acquaintances including Mrs. Robinson a married woman who is a close friend of the family. Mrs. Robinson played by Anne Bancroft initiates an affair with Ben. She wants to escape from her boredom and sees Ben as the perfect person to act out her fantasies with.

As the story develops Ben comes to realize that he is in love with Elaine played by Katharine Ross, who is Mrs. Robinson's daughter. When Ben and Elaine start their relationship they are threatened by the malicious rage of Mrs. Robinson. She begins to hastily arrange Elaine's marriage with another boy named Carl.

Mise en Scéne

The director has manipulated elements of the frame to suggest confusion and emptiness within the affair. Elements playing significant roles in the mise en scéne of this sequence include the placement and staging of the characters in the frame, and the framing techniques.

In many places throughout the movie, Benjamin is placed on the far right or the bottom of the frame. He is depicted as insignificant, small, and lost. In other shots, the camera captures him from behind an obstruction, framed,