This past Tuesday was the first time I’ve watched the Graduate . Initially I thought it was simply a romantic comedy from the late 1960s, but after thinking about it further there are many themes throughout the movie that make it ground breaking for this particular era.
The main character Benjamin, a young, innocent man freshly out of college, is exploited and betrayed by Mrs. Robinson, who represents a corrupt and immoral older generation. This is the main theme throughout the film and it really captured the times. The ending seems to represent the younger generation escaping the corruption and immorality of the older generation as the couple fights off the crowd in the church. At this time the Vietnam War was occurring and the anarchic mood of America’s youth was mirrored through the actions of Ben, who at first was confused and then seduced by Mrs. Robinson but later learns his lesson.
Despite what seems to be a happy ending, as Elaine and Ben ride off in a bus, away from their worries, I wasn’t pleased with the ending. While I understand Ben was finding himself, he lost the trust of many people because he slept with Mrs. Robinson. In addition, he is taking away Elaine from all the people that love her and know her.
When I was a junior in high school, I wrote an eighteen-page research paper on The Graduate and must have watched the film twenty times, meticulously taking notes, doing research and thinking deeply. I went through the entire movie and would pause the movie every few seconds to write down something on a notecard. I think even my teacher would agree that I went a bit overboard with the whole thing, but I was intrigued by the concept of the film, the time period it sought to depict and the music it chose to use. Below is my concluding paragraph of that research paper.
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Benedict Cumberbatch starred in an outstanding impression of Alan Turing in the Imitation Game, which played at the Campus Theater back in March. What interested me the most during the movie was not the actual plot, but rather the character of Alan Turing. Continue reading How Does Personality Aid Success?
The Campus Theater showed Spaceballs earlier tonight. It is a parody of the original Star Wars Parody. People tend to have polar opinions on parodies, but I am a big fan of them, especially movie parodies. Parodies are merely a form of satire. They imitate “works of art” by deliberately exaggerating them mainly for the purpose of comedy. But is this fair use? or is it a Copyright Infringement?
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The Imitation Game
Alan Turing is anything but ordinary. A pioneer in the fields of computer science, artificial intelligence, and cryptology, Turing also works for the Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park, Britain’s codebreaking center. There, Turing is placed on a team whose secret project is to break the “unbreakable” secret code behind the Nazis’ communications machine, Enigma.
Continue reading I know it’s not ordinary. But who ever loved ordinary?
This film was shown at the Campus Theater on Tuesday, April 28 at 7pm and was free to Bucknell students. I was intrigued by the film’s title, which implied the movie would be incredibly relevant to me, and went with Aylin to the showing. However, what I experienced was far from what I expected. Continue reading “And here’s to you, Mrs. Robinson”
The emotional and historically accurate documentary, Maiden, is about Ukraine’s civil uprisings against the regime of president Yanukovych. The 2014 film leaves the viewer with tears in their eyes as the last scene ends with a funeral procession and Ukrainians coming together to sing their national anthem. Director Sergei Loznitsa used a series of frozen shots with the camera only moving to different locations a few times throughout the film. The entire documentary is solely footage; there is no dialogue or narrative. This technique helps viewers focus on the human aspect of the protests and Ukrainians desire to make their country a better Ukraine. Continue reading Peaceful to Violent: Protests in Kiev
The film Losing Ground by Kathleen Collins featured a philosophy professor, Sara, and her painter husband, Victor. This art event was interesting because it touched on topics such as gender, race, and art. Sara was focused on writing a paper on aesthetic experience while her husband was focused on sketching and painting after he sold one of his pieces to a museum. I found it interesting to see the shift in Victor’s artwork from the beginning of the movie to the end and how his environment influenced his work. At first he painted abstract works of art in an apartment in the city. Then, Sara and Victor decided to move to a village for the summer. After moving, Victor became mesmerized by the Puerto Rican women, scenery, and lighting. He started to paint people as opposed to just utilizing colors and shapes and focusing on the medium of the work of art. Sara and Victor’s relationship was impacted by the shift in art and the change in environment. Sara did not understand why Victor was no longer painting in the same style after a museum bought one of his works. Victor became so intrigued by the content he was painting that he ended up focusing on his subject matter, a Puerto Rican woman, Celia, as opposed to his wife Sara.
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Earlier this semester, the short days and the cold weather was starting to wear on my attitude. Luckily, Provost Mick Smyer chose to feature Duck Soup (1933) at the Campus Theater and the goofiness of the comedy genuinely helped life my spirits. Smyer’s introduction to the movie praised the efforts of the Campus Theater staff for working so hard to bring in old movies from the country’s many film collections. He also made a point of noting the power of comedy and how it is a useful tool for seeing the absurdity of our world. Continue reading The Revelations of Comedy: Duck Soup at the Campus Theater
The products we use laptops, cell-phones, clothes, and more are shipping in shipping containers through the “forgotten space…”
Continue reading Globalization: Traveling into “The Forgotten Space”