18-07 Segment 1: The Graduate, 50 Years Later

VPR 18-07 A WebImg


Even after 50 years, The Graduate is a film that has managed to maintain a significant place in American culture for many generations. While its consistent popularity over time could be due to a number of factors, Beverly Gray, author of Seduced By Mrs. Robinson talks with us about some of these elements that she truly felt has made the film so important.

When talking about the impact of this film, Gray believes that it benefits from a few different components. First, many Baby Boomers, herself included, felt that the film addressed some of their own confusion with the world, as kids entering adulthood looking to do something different with their lives than their parents. Not only is this a feeling that the Baby Boomer generation experienced, it is also an universal one that generations growing up today can relate to as well. Other factors that Gray uses to explain this movies impact is the time in which it came about, but also the revolutionary choices made in respect to film.
To hear more about these different elements, listen to Gray further discuss these ideas and check out her book Seduced By Mrs. Robinson.


  • Beverly Gray, author of Seduced By Mrs. Robinson

Links for more information:

Share this:

Stay in the loop! Follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook! Subscribe and review on iTunes!

Culture Crash 17-33: Filmmaking the old-fashioned way

Culture Crash Logo

The digital revolution has changed much of the world around us, including the movies we watch. We explore the virtues of filmmaking the old-fashioned way: on film.

Stay in the loop! Follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook! Subscribe and review on iTunes!

16-12 Segment 1: Everyone’s a Critic! Why it’s important that you should be


You’ve no doubt heard the line “everyone’s a critic!” Our guest is one and thinks we should all be critics of the films, fine art, literature and other pleasures we indulge in. He will talk about why it’s good to be a discerning viewer of the arts, how to be a better critic, how criticism makes us see things in a different light and how it helps us become better at choosing those things in life that bring us beauty and pleasure.

Host: Gary Price. Guest: A.O. Scott, movie critic for the New York Times, author of the book, Better Living Through Criticism: How to think about art, pleasure, beauty and truth

Links for more info:

Stay in the loop! Follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook!

click here for the transcript