Lex and Carol Sears Philanthropic Fund
Beverly Gray completed her doctorate in Contemporary American Fiction at UCLA, then went to work for B-movie legend Roger Corman, making some 170 low-budget features. Her published books include the best-selling Roger Corman: "Blood-Sucking Vampires", "Flesh-Eating Cockroaches," and Driller Killers as well as the brand-new "Seduced by Mrs. Robinson: How The Graduate Became the Touchstone of a Generation." Currently Beverly teaches screenwriting through UCLA Extension's Writers' Program. For the past six years, she has written a popular twice-weekly blog, Beverly in Movieland.
fromLibrary Journal (09/15/2017):
Inarguably one of the most influential films of the 1960s, The Graduate, which is based on the 1963 novella of the same name by Charles Webb, has a great backstory. Just in time for its 50th anniversary, this behind-the-scenes look at the modern classic by film historian and former story editor Beverly Gray (Roger Corman: Blood-Sucking Vampires, Flesh-Eating Cockroaches, and Driller Killers) reveals an unlikely multi-character marriage. A schlockmeister producer (Lawrence Turman), a young film director (Mike Nichols), a New York actor considered too short and homely to play a leading man (Dustin Hoffman), and an unsympathetic leading lady (Anne Bancroft) all combine to make movie history. Gray has plumbed film archives and interviews to reveal the story behind optioning the book, casting, and the intentions behind set and costume design. There is even scene-by-scene narration of the plot. Readers discover how this seemingly unprepossessing movie, adapted from a decidedly not best-selling novella, became one of the top-grossing films of its day, helping to articulate the frantic youth movement that defined 1960s culture and made stars of its actors. VERDICT Highly recommended for serious cineastes and fans.--Ellen Abrams, New York
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