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Lesson 2 The Graduate Benjamin Braddock has just graduated from university and returns home for the summer. Upon his arrival, Ben’s parents organize a party to celebrate his accomplishment, where he encounters Mrs. Robinson, an old family friend. This film follows his story of frustration and uncertainty over his future, as well as being involved in an affair with Mrs. Robinson, only to fall in love with her daughter, Elaine. I chose to use the scene from approximately 9:40 to 13:20, where Ben and Mrs. Robinson arrive to her house and go into the bar area. Right off the bat, we can see mise-en-scene being used through the performances of Ben and Mrs. Robinson. Mrs. Robinson comes off as dominant and controlling, as seen when they first pull up to the Robinson’s home. Mrs. Robinson basically orders Ben to walk her to her doorstep, then into her home, and finally to stay with her until her husband gets home. First, she asks him as if he has a choice, but when Ben protests, she turns it into a command through her firm tone. For example, Mrs. Robinson asks Ben what he drinks, as in scotch or bourbon, to which Ben glosses over and responds by saying he should be leaving. When Mrs. Robinson asks Ben to please wait with her until her husband gets home, her voice sounds very commanding and indisputable, showing her power over him. In her performance as Mrs. Robinson, Anne Bancroft also has a very composed and calm demeanor to her, giving her even more control over Ben, played by Dustin Hoffman. Throughout this scene, Ben seems very jittery and all over the place. He is always moving, getting up and walking around, and he sounds very innocent in a way by continuously stumbling over his words. It is clear that Mrs. Robinson is in complete control over him and the situation, going as far as to intentionally making Ben uncomfortable with questions
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and her body language. This is important because as the film develops, so does Ben. He becomes more comfortable with himself, and much more confident, especially after his affair with Mrs. Robinson begins and ends. Ben finds it in himself to go against Mrs. Robinson and her wishes, no matter the consequences. Back to this particular scene, another element that adds to the mise-en-scene is the set, as well as the costumes. Something that I found particularly interesting was the set of the bar in Mrs. Robinson's home. It seems like a very open space with big windows, which are filled with plants and greenery. To me, this sort of references a forest or jungle theme, which maintains the idea of predator and prey, Mrs. Robinson being the predator looking to seduce her prey, Ben. To
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