New Meetup: THE GRADUATE@ The Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Sat. June 20 @ 5-6:30PM

From: Jennifer
Sent on: Tuesday, June 16, 2009 8:14 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Los Angeles Film Enthusiasts!

What: THE GRADUATE@ The Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Sat. June 20 @ 5-6:30PM

When: June 30,[masked]:30 PM

Where: (A location has not been chosen yet.)

Well, I simply love seeing films at the cemetery! Thus far this year, there have been some great selections. This Saturday night is a must see: THE GRADUATE. My mother is in town, and I am going to try my best to make it, but if I don't... you should all go anyway. I have to see if I can set up a regular lawn chair for her on the side.

Here's the lowdown on the cemetery. Tickets are $10 and you pay when they open the gates (CASH). If you get there early, there is plenty of street parking on Santa Monica Blvd. If you get there late, you will park in the cemetery, and the fee is $5.

***Note, that if you arrive late, it will be nearly impossible to find us. Moreover, many of these films sell out.

For those of you who have never been, yes, this film screening is in the cemetery. They project the film on the side of a mausoleum. Fear not, the seating area is not amongst the grave stones. Bring your favorite food/drinks and of course, a blanket. LOW BACK chairs are permitted (stadium chairs), but not regular lawn chairs. You can purchase one at Target. Think about it people, how could anyone see the film if you are sitting in a chair?? The film starts at 8:30 pm and the gates open at 7:00 pm. People start lining up at the gate for these films quite early (4:30 pm). The closer you are to the gate, the better locations you get for your blankets, and the more time you have to picnic. I will be in line around 4:30-5pm, so look for me near the front. For those of you who don't know me, I will have a purple balloon with me. Hopefully several of you will join me early in line, so that we can rush in when the gates open and stake out some good turf. I can't do it alone. If you arrive later and need to find out group... look for my balloon, give me a call at:[masked], and finally, I try to always sit in the center of the screen just a couple rows back from the front. Finally, it's going to get chilly once the sun goes down, so bring a jacket.

***Everyone bring some food, and we can set up a big potluck dinner. Its should be alot of fun.

Film Summary:

"Just one word: plastic." "Are you here for an affair?" These lines and others became cultural touchstones, as 1960s youth rebellion seeped into the California upper middle-class in Mike Nichols' landmark hit. Mentally adrift the summer after graduating from college, suburbanite Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) would rather float in his parents' pool than follow adult advice about his future. But the exhortation of family friend Mr. Robinson (Murray Hamilton) to seize every possible opportunity inspires Ben to accept an offer of sex from icily feline Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft). The affair and the pool are all well and good until Ben is pushed to go out with the Robinsons' daughter Elaine (Katharine Ross) and he falls in love with her. Mrs. Robinson sabotages the relationship and an understandably disgusted Elaine runs back to college. Determined not to let Elaine get away, Ben follows her to school and then disrupts her family-sanctioned wedding. None too happy about her pre-determined destiny, Elaine flees with Ben -- but to what? Directing his second feature film after Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Nichols matched the story's satire of suffocating middle-class shallowness with an anti-Hollywood style influenced by the then-voguish French New Wave. Using odd angles, jittery editing, and evocative widescreen photography, Nichols welded a hip New Wave style and a generation-gap theme to a fairly traditional screwball comedy script by Buck Henry and Calder Willingham from Charles Webb's novel. Adding to the European art film sensibility, the movie offers an unsettling and ambiguous ending with no firm closure. And rather than Robert Redford, Nichols opted for a less glamorous unknown for the pivotal role of Ben, turning Hoffman into a star and opening the door for unconventional leading men throughout the 1970s. With a pop-song score written by Paul Simon and performed by Simon & Garfunkel bolstering its contemporary appeal, The Graduate opened to rave reviews in December 1967 and surpassed all commercial expectations. It became the top-grossing film of 1968 and was nominated for seven Oscars, including Best Picture, Actor, and Actress, with Nichols winning Best Director. Together with Bonnie and Clyde, it stands as one of the most influential films of the late '60s, as its mordant dissection of the generation gap helped lead the way to the youth-oriented Hollywood artistic "renaissance" of the early '70s.

Learn more here:
http://www.meetup.com/West-los-Angeles-film-fanatics-group/calendar/10669641/

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