“Dee dee dee dee dee dee dee dee dee dee dee / And here’s to you, Mrs. Robinson...”
That lyric is from the Simon & Garfunkel classic “Mrs. Robinson,” and it was used in the soundtrack for the 1967 film “The Graduate.” The origins of how “Mrs. Robinson” wound up in this classic film is the stuff of legend in and of itself.
According to the music site Genius, Mike Nichols, who directed the classic romantic comedy-drama about an older woman coming on to a college graduate, was also a huge fan of the folk-rock duo. So, he did what any fan would do -- he asked the duo if he could use “Mrs. Robinson” in the soundtrack to his film.
Thankfully for Nichols, Simon & Garfunkel agreed, and the rest is movie history.
“Mrs. Robinson” is the perfect example of how a song can relate and elevate a movie. With its (at the time) taboo subject matter, “Mrs. Robinson” worked really well with the storyline to this iconic film. It’s not just the song, however, that made “The Graduate” one of the most beloved films of all-time, but it was also its riveting story and the way it showcased California in all of its '60s glory.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the film, and The Theatre at Ace Hotel will host a screening hosted by KPCC’s Larry Mantle. It will be an evening of reminiscing of a time when the Golden State was truly golden, and anyone who is a fan of “The Graduate” should not miss out on this nostalgic trip down memory lane.
June 2 - Los Angeles, CA - The Theatre at Ace Hotel (click here for tickets)