AT THE MOVIES (May 18, 2023)

In 1967, a romantic comedy-drama film directed by Mike Nichols made its debut. The film tells the story of 21-year-old Benjamin Braddock, played by Dustin Hoffman, a recent college graduate with no well-defined aim in life. Benjamin is seduced by an older woman named Mrs. Robinson, portrayed by Anne Bancroft, but then falls for her daughter Elaine, played by Katherine Ross.

The film is “The Graduate”, a critical and commercial success, and the eternally beloved song written for the movie by Simon & Garfunkel is “Mrs. Robinson”. It’s difficult to name a duo today with the rich, sweet tones of Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel. The movie grossed $104.9 million, making it the highest-grossing film of 1967. I can still hear Benjamin saying (hopefully) “Mrs. Robinson, you’re trying to seduce me ….. aren’t you?”

Here now are the incomparable Simon & Garfunkel performing their hit, “Mrs. Robinson”.

Like I said – rich sweet tones from the duo and a very cool guitar by Paul Simon. Still a great song!

Now for the question of the day; this is a conceptual question so there is no right or wrong answer.

Of all the songs written and recorded by Simon & Garfunkel, which one is your favorite? Please share your answers and if you’d like, post a video.

Don’t forget to tune in tomorrow to see what Nick has planned for us in Breaking Boundaries. It’s bound to be great!

Time now to head on out. Catch you next week right here At The Movies.

See you on the flip side.

I’m The Sicilian Storyteller

NAR © 2023


      1. I think I’ve been hooked on this song since I heard it in 1970! My father was in Harvard when this movie was released and brought back its album and we used to play it often

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  1. “Of all the songs written and recorded by Simon & Garfunkel, which one is your favorite?” “Mrs. Robinson”. of course. Who in their right mind would have turned down Mrs. Robinson or . . . .?

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  2. Great movie and song, Nancy! Classic, to say the least.

    Although I am aligned with Mr Gray’s comment ( who indeed in their right mind!), I will second Sadje’s choice: The Sound of Silence.

    A song that was, sort of, revived eight years ago with an incredible rendition by Disturbed.

    Hello darkness, my old friend.

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    1. I know by now to expect a video from you and I was not disappointed. This one by Disturbed is one of my favorites. Take a great song, incorporate your own interpretation, and you have another truly great song with a profound message.
      Where would we be without music? The silence would be deafening.

      Excellent share, Nick! ❤︎

      PS: Didn’t you just love the fountain pen? 🖋️

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        1. I’m reminded of a video featuring a sheet of fine paper, the birthday greeting being written by a man holding a fountain pen between his fingers, then folding the letter and keeping the written words safe with sealing wax. The heartfelt message and its profound meaning impacted me greatly. 💫

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  3. There are so many great and classic songs from S&G, but there is one song at almost always brings tears to my eyes whenever I listen to it: Bridge Over Troubled Water.

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  4. Simon and Garfunkel were my first love, in my early teens. Knew every lyric of every song. I was too young for them to be contemporary but I do remember watching the Concert in Central Park in September ’81. I’d have been 13 then, it wouldn’t have been exactly live because of the time difference, but a day or two later.
    Songs… A Most Peculiar Man always struck a chord. People probably see me and say that now! But the upbeat Feelin Groovy, or where Arty(?) giggles while singing At the Zoo… brilliant.

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  5. Hard to say — might be tossup between “For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her,” “Flowers Never Bend with the Rainfall,” “Leaves That Are Green,” “Sparrow,” and “Kathy’s Song.” I guess it depends on my mood. 🙂

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  6. I’m sure you’re all dying of suspense to know who Anne Bancroft was married to. Well, the wait is over! Her very famous husband of 41 years was the comedic genius, Mel Brooks, my personal favorite of all time. If you haven’t seen any of his movies, what are you waiting for??
    Here’s a duet of Anne and Mel singing and dancing to Sweet Georgia Brown (in Polish) which I think you’ll enjoy:

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