On the death of Mike Nichols

Everyone talks about the “Mrs Robinson you’re trying to seduce me” scene, but last shot of “The Graduate” is to my mind the best; Benjamin and Elaine’s slowly dissolving smiles, the perfectly acted, perfectly shot dawning horror of domesticity and assimilation into the very roles that seemed so alienating, so constricting at the beginning of the movie. Brilliantly subversive.

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