Barefoot in the Park (1967)

Barefoot in the Park
Director: Gene Saks
Writer: Neil Simon
Based on: his own play
Cast: Robert RedfordJane FondaCharles BoyerMildred NatwickHerb EdelmanMabel Albertson
Seen on: 2.9.2017
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Plot:
Paul (Robert Redford) and Corie (Jane Fonda) just got married and are about to move into their new apartment. Corie is excited about it, even if there are some drawbacks with the place they got, while Paul just sees the flaws – like the walk up five flights of stairs – and nothing else. And with a strange neighbor in Victor Velasco (Charles Boyer) who sometimes uses their apartment to get to his, and with Corie’s mather Ethel (Mildred Natwick) joining them for a few days, their marriage is under a lot of pressure very soon.

Barefoot in the Park is not a great film and it didn’t age well in all respects, but it is a rather entertaining screwball comedy.

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The Graduate (1967)

The Graduate
Director: Mike Nichols
Writer: Calder WillinghamBuck Henry
Based on: Charles Webb‘s novel
Cast: Dustin HoffmanAnne BancroftKatharine RossWilliam DanielsMurray HamiltonElizabeth Wilson
Seen on: 15.3.2016

Plot:
Benjamin (Dustin Hoffman) just finished college where he did very well. Now he’s returned home and has to make decisions about what to do next. But he’s overwhelmed and doesn’t know what to do with himself. When his parents’ friend Mrs Robinson (Anne Bancroft) makes a pass at him, he starts an affair with her. But then he is set up on a date with Elaine (Katharine Ross), the Robinsons’ daughter. Without meaning to, he finds himself drawn to her as well.

I know that The Graduate is an important film in cinematic history and it is by no means a bad film. I just didn’t like it very much.

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