According to the Internet Movie DataBase, the "plot keywords" for Mike Nichols' 1967 über-classic The Graduate include "dysfunctional family," "bus ride," "alcoholic mother," "adultery" and "sports car." Those few words do as much as any others to sum up Nichols' cinematic portrayal of post-college generation gap angst, confusion and horniness. More than anything, the tale of the awkward, stumbling Benjamin Bradley (portrayed, of course, by Dustin Hoffman in his breakout role) deftly balances a personal story of the struggle of a young man in his 20s with an underlying theme of the seeds of widespread counter-culture. All aided by an exceptional, witty, realistic script, featuring some of the most iconic dialogue in American movie history. The sports car, by the way? A 1967 Alfa Romeo 1600. See The Graduate as part of Classics at the Modern (presented by the Lone Star Film Society) 7 p.m. Wednesday at The Modern, 3200 Darnell St. in Fort Worth. Admission is $5.50 for members, $7.50 for non-members. Call 817-735-1117 or visit themodern.org/classics.
Wed., April 18, 7 p.m.