The Graduate

We got a subscription on Netflix, which gives me the wonderful opportunity to watch some classics. One of them is 'The Graduate' (1967), starring Dustin Hoffman, Ann Bancroft and Katherine Ross. I loved it! The story is funny and full of unexpected turns, the script is well written. But what I mostly noticed was how the camera angles and point of views supported the overal feeling of the scene and story.

The first parts in which we get to know Benjamin are all shot with close up shots, revealing very little from the environment Benjamin is in and giving a very confusing feeling to the audience. It had a very claustrophobic feel to it, to the point of almost wanting to wind the movie forward, because it was so suppressing. Then, when the story unfolds and Benjamin discovers himself and what he wants, the shots become wider and more is seen from the environment and the place he is in. It literally gave me a sense of relief.

In the very last scene, when Benjamin and his bride have escaped sit down in the bus, the shots go back to a close up of their faces, just like in the first scene of the movie when Benjamin is sitting in the plane. Together with the expressions on their faces, you get again the feeling of: Now what? and Where are they headed next? Even though the movie has a sort of a happy ending, because of this final close up, the story ends where it began, full of insecurity and uncertainty about the future.