Thursday Movie Picks: The Mrs. Robinsons

Hey, guys!
Welcome to another entry for Thursday Movie Picks.
It’s a series hosted by Wandering through the Shelves, so if you want to join the party, head over to her blog! It’s pretty easy: check out each week’s topic and come up with 3 to 5 movies that fit the theme.
This week I’ll talk about films featuring “Mrs. Robinsons”! As the only movie, I’ve ever watched on that topic is The Graduate (with the original Mrs. Robinson), all films mentioned are on my to-watch-list.

#1 The Piano Teacher

Based on an Austrian novel, director Michael Haneke did a French-language adaptation of The Piano Teacher. It features an interesting take on sexuality along with a definite taste of Mrs. Robinson.

#2 The Reader

This German-American co-production deals with a heavy topic. Michael Berg finds out the elder woman who he had an affair with as a teenager is now facing trial. She’s accused of war crimes after being a guard at a Nazi-concentration camp.

#3 Notes on a Scandal

The list of stars in this film is sheer endless. Cate Blanchett is the Mrs. Robinson in this one and gets confronted about it by Judi Dench.

What’s your favorite film featuring a Mrs. Robinson? Let me know in the comments!

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6 thoughts on “Thursday Movie Picks: The Mrs. Robinsons

  1. The Piano Teacher is awesome while I’ve seen some of Notes of a Scandal which I thought was alright. The Reader is a film that I feel is too Oscar-baity despite seeing Kate Winslet naked and in some fine sex scenes but it never gelled with me as it’s why I often call Stephen Daldry the Oscar-bait equivalent to Michael Bay.

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  2. Those all fit very well but I’m sorry to say I hated two of them, Notes on a Scandal and The Reader, and haven’t seen The Piano Teacher though its on my list.

    Of course I also thought of The Graduate but I’d used it previously and I try not to repeat so I went on the hunt for three others and found these.

    Summer of ’42 (1971)-Teen Herman Raucher (Gary Grimes) is spending the titular summer on Nantucket Island with pals Oscy (Jerry Houser) and Benji (Oliver Conant) just after America has joined in World War II. He meets Dorothy (Jennifer O’Neill), a young newlywed whose husband is away in the war. As his friends awkwardly attempt to woo girls their own age, Herman slowly befriends the older woman and finds himself becoming increasingly in love with her, but a sudden tragedy may change everything. Nostalgic and bittersweet this was a huge hit upon its release.

    White Palace (1990)-Lost in grief at the recent loss of his wife young staid ad exec Max Baron (James Spader) meet earthy 40ish wild child waitress Nora Baker (Susan Sarandon) and the attraction is immediate. They embark on a steamy affair but soon enough their class and age differences become an obstacles.

    Afterglow (1997)-A roundelay of unwitting changing partners. Contractor Lucky Mann (Nick Nolte) is a serial philanderer who of late has become involved with unhappy young housewife Marianne (Lara Flynn Boyle). Unbeknownst to either Marianne’s business obsessed but equally unhappy husband Jeffrey (Jonny Lee Miller) meets and falls for Lucky’s wife, the troubled Phyllis (Julie Christie) a former minor star who is wrestling with demons of her own. Odd, opaque comic drama but Julie is sensational and was Oscar nominated.

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    • I’m so glad that I’m not the only one who didn’t like The Reader. It always seemed like the kind of film your not allowed to criticize.
      Haven’t seen any of your picks yet, but the one with Johnny Lee Miller sounds the most intriguing to me atm.


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