"The Graduate," the classic film addressing coming of age in the 1960s, has been announced as the subject of this year's Ebert Interruptus, the traditional week-long interactive analysis that is a staple of the University of Colorado's Conference on World Affairs.
Author, broadcaster, activist and veteran CWA participant David Bender will serve as the Ebert Interruptus host this year. The 66th annual conference is to be held April 7 through 11 on the CU campus.
CWA director Jim Palmer, who will introduce the film at the uninterrupted screening, said in a news release, "Given all the elements -- the CWA, a college campus, a '60s satirical rite of passage movie about an angst-filled recent college graduate -- how appropriate of CWA veteran David Bender to chose 'The Graduate' for the Interruptus."
"The Graduate" won Mike Nichols an Academy Award for best director, and the film won numerous additional Oscar nominations in other categories, including for actors Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft and Katharine Ross.
The Interruptus, named after late film critic Roger Ebert, who created the series during his long tenure at the CWA, features a full screening of the film on the first day of the conference at Macky Auditorium followed by daily follow-up screenings during which audience members can call out for the film to be stopped so that they can ask questions about it.
The CWA's broad array of panels, plenaries and performances are all free and open to the public. A full schedule of events can be found at colorado.edu/cwa.