Case Study: The Graduate

Beverly Gray
leads an in-depth analysis and
discussion of the groundbreaking 1967 film


Monday, June 25, 2018 7:30-10:00 PM

Logline: An aimless college grad drifts through an affair with an older, married woman only to realize he’s in love with the woman’s daughter!

In honor of the 50th anniversary of The Graduate, author Beverly Gray, a former development exec for Roger Corman and regular StoryBoard guest moderator, has released, Seduced by Mrs. Robinson: How The Graduate Became the Touchstone of a Generation, an exhaustively researched tome on every aspect of the making of the film and its cultural impact.

The Graduate is based on the 1963 novel by Charles Webb. Screenplay by Get Smart co-creator and twelve-time SNL host Buck Henry (Catch-22, What’s Up Doc?, Heaven Can Wait, To Die For), replacing an earlier, unused draft by Calder Willingham (Paths of Glory, Little Big Man, Rambling Rose). Financed by Joseph E. Levine through his Embassy Pictures (U.S. distributors of Hercules, Godzilla, and Fellini’s 8-1/2). Produced by Lawrence Turman (John Carpenter’s The Thing, American History X), current director of The Peter Stark Producing Program at USC. Directed by Tony and Grammy award winner Mike Nichols, fresh off his Oscar-nominated film directing debut, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

The film was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actor (Dustin Hoffman), Best Actress (Anne Bancroft), Best Supporting Actress (Katherine Ross), Best Picture, Best Cinematography (Robert Surtees), and won an Oscar for Nichols (Silkwood, Working Girl, Primary Colors, Closer) for Best Director.

Beverly GrayBEVERLY GRAY will provide in-depth analysis and comparison of the Calder Willingham and Buck Henry versions of the script, and lead our discussion of this timeless classic. As story editor and development executive for Roger Corman’s Concorde-New Horizons Pictures, screenwriter Beverly Gray oversaw the making of 170 low-budget features. More recently, she has covered the entertainment industry for The Hollywood Reporter and currently teaches online screenwriting workshops for UCLA Extension’s Writers’ Program. Beverly has also written books on filmmakers Corman and Ron Howard, Visit her popular Beverly in Movieland blog and follow @Bev_Movieland on Twitter.

Beverly’s latest book, Seduced by Mrs. Robinson: How The Graduate Became the Touchstone of a Generation, is a smart, close reading of the unconventional comedy that offers vivid, never-before-revealed details from behind the scenes of the production, shines a light on the movie’s huge influence on the future of filmmaking, and explores how the film rocked the late-60s world, both reflecting and changing the era’s views of sex, work, and marriage. She will have copies available for purchase at this event, which she will be happy to sign for you!

This StoryBoard Special Event occurred on:
Monday, June 25, 2018

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