Criterion Close-Up 33: The Graduate (1967)

Mark, Aaron, and Tim are seduced by plastics. We explore what turned out to be a pivotal film in Hollywood history. The Graduate paved the way for many films to come, from casting lead actors, film structure, cinematography, and to the use of music in film. We explore the complexities of Ben’s relationships, speculate about the ending, and flesh out the time period in which the film was made.

Special Guest: Tim Costa from the First Time Watchers Podcast. You can find them on Twitter and Facebook.

Show notes:


0:00 – Intro and Welcome Tim 4:25 – Tim’s Criterion Connection 7:00 – Criterion Chronicles discussion 9:00 – Feedback from Gross-Out 11:00 – Listener feedback 13:10 – Short Takes (The Seventh Seal, Cinema Paradiso, Spotlight) 26:00 – The Graduate

Episode Links & Notes

LMK Film Picks: Nymphomaniac Mark’s Top 10 of 2015 First Time Watchers 200th Episode with Mark guestingFirst Time Watchers: The Graduate Mark Harris: Pictures at a Revolution

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