I don't want to write an obituary for Anne Bancroft. I could go and  say a couple of things about her life and her filmography, but that would seem a little disingenous to me. Because really, I'm the kind of fan that Bancroft would have hated - I love her first, foremost, and virtually only, because of The Graduate (although The Turning Point is good, too).

It was one of those movies that just seemed to be on all the time when I was growing up, and as a result, I think I internalized a lot of its imagery without really understanding any of its meaning. By the time I was an 18-year-old freshman in film school and sitting through Mike Nichol's film cut-by-cut in a lecture, the damage had already been done - Mrs. Robinson had already managed to influence me. Not that I'm a cradle-robbing alcoholic (at least, not yet),  but certainly, style-wise, my entire fashion aesthetic seems almost unconciously modelled after Anne Bancroft in that film. The leopard print, the sunglasses, the big brown hair with the golden highlight at the crown. I remember as a kid just thinking that her look was the coolest, and I've never really gotten over it.

So I went online and I tried to find a photo gallery from the film, so that I could demonstrate what I'm on about here, but there isn't much. Instead, take a look at this page from NPR; they've got tons of audio features (including a report by Don Lee on the making of the film and interviews with Buck Henry, Mike Nichols and Dustin Hoffman) and a video clip from the film, of Benjamin's first encounter with Mrs. Robinson. The New York Times has more, including movie trailers and a short, career-spanning slide show.
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