Sunday, May 19, 2013

SNL's Stefon send-off: a 'Graduate' homage in which Anderson Cooper gets beat up

For you youngins who missed the allusion, here's the original:

We at AKSARBENT totally approve of the gay co-opting of The Graduate (which, with Bonnie & Clyde represents the best American cinema of the 60s) because its director, Mike Nichols (Diane Sawyer's husband), once said, cattily, "The love that could not speak its name has become the love that won't shut up."
     Graduate trivia: the wedding was filmed at a Santa Barbara church whose pastor freaked out at how hard Dustin Hoffman was beating on the window; he was told to ratchet it down. The awkwardness on the bus was due in part to the fact that Nichols let the camera run a while without yelling "Cut!"
     More trivia: Ann Bancroft's role-of-a-lifetime in The Graduate was first offered to Doris Day(!), who turned it down because she thought it would be bad for her image. 
     Two degrees of separation between The Graduate and Brokeback Mountain: decades after Katharine Ross played Elaine Robinson in The Graduate, she played Lilian Thurman, the shrink in Donnie Darko, which starred Jake Gyllenhaal, who played Jack Twist in Brokeback Mountain.
     Below, from Donnie Darko: "...And I burnt down that pervert's house! I only have a few days left before they catch me." 


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