Saturday, September 26, 2015

Saturday Cue: Mrs. Braddock's Laugh




I periodically use the cue words: Mrs. Braddock's laugh. That iconic scene from The Graduate includes the most maniacal, fabulous laugh ever uttered by a character or an actor with the possible exception of a Jack Nicholson sneer from one of his iconic roles. The laugh is something that I call upon during difficult or absurd situations, most of which happen during my interfaces with the Systems of Care around Sophie's epilepsy. Even if I am the model of restraint, calm and cool, on the inside, I'm throwing my head back and screaming the scream of the absurd.

Watch the whole clip, because the last two lines of it are also pretty damn fabulous.

Ben, this whole idea sounds pretty half-baked.

No, it's not. It's completely baked. It's a decision I've made.

8 comments:

  1. I know this is sort of off-topic but I'm sort of sorry I never really got to be anyone's Mrs. Robinson.

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  2. It's never too late, Ms. Moon! Then again, I believe Mrs. Robinson/Anne Bancroftl was twice Benjamin/Dustin Hoffman's age which would make her 42 in the movie. She was 35 in real life. Holy shit.

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  3. The toast popping up a the end!

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  4. When "The Graduate" was made, Anne Bancroft was not quite six years older than Dustin Hoffman in real life -- far too young to be Mrs. Robinson, and yet she was so perfect in that part.

    And yes, that laugh. As I've said before, one of my favorite scenes in my favorite movie.

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  5. I can't believe she was so young, and so close to Dustin in age! I had no idea. How upsetting. My mom is 8 or 9 years older than my dad. So just now I realize she is QUITE the Mrs. Robinson.

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  6. You'll have had plenty of practice to do that laugh when those handsome boys of yours pull some hare brained thing or other when they are "The Graduate". Some of the real life antics that our crew have done makes Ben's ideas and issues look perfectly reasonable and for Mrs B to be quite the maniac that her laugh conveys.

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  7. Thanks for the tremendous laugh. I had forgotten that scene - and that laugh.

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  8. Mrs. Braddock was played by the legendary character actress Elizabeth Wilson, who died this year at the age of 94. Friend of a friend.

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