By Clarke Wolfe
And here’s to you, Jason Reitman. The director closed his Live Read series presented by Film Independent at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) this week with a surprise presentation of The Graduate. Written by Buck Henry, who was in attendance Thursday night, and Calder Willingham, and directed by Mike Nichols, The Graduate is an iconic film and considered by most to be one of the greatest American movies ever made. Even if you haven’t seen The Graduate, chances are you know certain scenes, images and music from the film. I have seen Nichols’ film about a zillion times because I went to film school and “The Graduate Day” was inevitable at least once in every semester.
That said, I’ve wanted to attend Jason Reitman’s Live Read series since they began, and even more exciting about The Graduate reading is that the cast was unannounced beforehand, so it was all a complete surprise to the audience who would be involved that night. The evening featured Kevin Pollak as Mr. Robinson, Sharon Stone as Mrs. Robinson, Jay Baruchel as Benjamin, Live Read staple performer (she’s been in every one) Mae Whitman as Elaine, Tig Notaro as Mrs. Braddock, and Paul …read more