Mineshaft Gap

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Dustin Hoffman Double Feature.

All the President's Men (Pakula, 1976)

I revisited this over the to show it to my girlfriend. What an amazing, well made film this is. Combines great performances, intelligent direction, taught writing and social consciousness in the way the only the 70s could. Perhaps the best part of the film is the humor, the look on Redford's face when he gets Hunt on the line, or the way Hoffman gets the bookkeeper to talk.

It actually manages to be inspiring, and coming from Hollywood, even in the 70s, that is some feat.

The Graduate (Nichols, 1967)

For some strange reason I had never seen this before, and now I have no idea why I waited so long. Absolutely worth all the praise, Nichols second feature takes a great script co-written by Buck Henry and adds the clear influence of the French New Wave to make something truly new and special. The editing when Ben sees Mrs. Robinson naked for the first time is brilliant, as is the lost summer montage. Hoffman is so funny here, and so great at playing much younger than he was. Amazing to think this was only his second feature.

For someone about to graduate, it is still an oddly relevant film. And Simon and Garfunkel were the best folk act ever, and yes I include Dylan in that.

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