“This is the commentary that all other commentaries should be measured by. Oh dear Lord, what a commentary! This track is on par with the Michael Jeck commentary for Seven Samurai, but it’s only available on Criterion’s laserdisc. The film’s scholar, Howard Suber, takes you through all aspects of the production and script, from the significances of harsh and soft lighting, to the elements which are NOT in focus, to the overall arch of Benjamin’s character. Once you hear this track by Howard Suber, you’ll want to hear his others. This is an absolute must-listen for any student of film.” —ratethatcommentary
NOTE: This commentary track is only available on the Criterion Collection LaserDisc release of The Graduate. For educational purposes only.
The Writer Speaks: Henry Zuckerman, better known as Buck Henry. The writer of The Graduate, Get Smart and The Day Of The Dolphin talks about his life as a writer.
For a previously unknown actor named Dustin Hoffman, the success of The Graduate was a “happy accident,” according to CBC interviewer Moses Znaimer. Sudden fame means Hoffman has been careful not to be trapped into playing Benjamin Braddock for the rest of his career. In this conversation with Znaimer, a slightly guarded Hoffman describes his latest role, as Ratso Rizzo in Midnight Cowboy, and ruminates on acting, fame and selling out.
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