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Certain films rely on sound more than others. And certain films rely on popular music. The first movie to really use popular music as a major component was Mike Nichols’ “The Graduate.” Set in the late 60s, pre-Summer of Love in Southern California, the film stars Dustin Hoffman as Benjamin, the troubled, un-inspired college graduate and Anne Bancroft as Mrs. Robinson, the sexy mother of a woman Ben is interested in, and a friend of his parents. AWKWARD! She seduces him.

The music is done by, of course, Simon & Garfunkel.

The New York Times‘ awesome film critic, A.O. Scott, discusses the film this week in a video. Check it here.

This time that we’re in now can be compared to the time of the mid to late 60s, when happy boom times were running out, and problems across the globe were hitting home. The film is thus both happy and sullen. Timeless, says Scott.

PS- I believe the deluxe edition of the DVD features the video of The Lemonheads covering Simon & Garfunkel’s “Mrs. Robinson,” which was The Lemonheads first hit. You could say the cover is what made them famous….which is too bad.

Simon & Garfunkel: Scarborough Fair/Canticle

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Simon & Garfunkel: Scarborough Fair/Canticle