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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 Synopsis 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 Bachelors 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 Robinsons daughter When Ben and Elaine start their relationship they are threatened by the malicious rage of Mrs Robinson She begins to hastily arrange Elaines marriage with another boy named Carl Mise en Sc The director has manipulated elements of the frame to suggest confusion and emptiness within the affair Elements playing significant roles in the mise en sc 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 sometimes nearly obscured by a piece
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