Lie back in a beautiful bath of nostalgia. For those who didn’t grow up in the sixties these were our fantasies of California, Berkeley, San Francisco as we listened to ‘The Sound of Silence’ and, of course, ’Mrs Robinson’ (originally about Mrs Roosevelt but rewritten for the film). 21-year-old Benjamin Braddock, a recent college graduate with no well-defined aim in life, is seduced by an older woman, Mrs Robinson, then falls in love with her daughter Elaine. Drama! Nichols’ first choice for Mrs Robinson was Jeanne Moreau. The (deluded) idea behind this was that in French culture the “older” women tended to “train” the younger men in romantic matters: as well as a response to the French New Wave, this film represents the sexual awakening of America’s middle class.
“A hugely pleasurable film.” Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
- Newlyn Filmhouse
USA 1967 106m