WEIRDLAND: Moonlight Mile Video

Monday, October 01, 2007

Moonlight Mile Video

"[...] this movie bears a strong resemblance to The Graduate, the 1967 film, which also starred Dustin Hoffman as a character named Ben, and dripped with a baby-boomer generation's sense of alienation from their parents. Besides the obvious initial connection that both star Hoffman as Ben, the films feature a protagonist who escapes from a needy culture that wants to suck him in and make him one of their own. But just as Benjamin had no interest in plastics, Joe is adverse to a career in real estate: Mr. Robinson (Murray Hamilton) and the real estate agent Mike Mulcahey are both are older men who lead stiff, boring lives that make the protagonist cringe. Joe Nast and Benjamin Braddock are content only when they're on the road, leaving behind the small suburban towns where their elders reside, and venturing out into the world. The unexplored world is a place where the protagonist will find both true love and a sense of his own self-identity. While The Graduate ended with the wondering, wandering tunes of Simon and Garfunkel, Moonlight Mile closes with Van Morrison's "Sweet Thing"-a song that is an emblem of the "right" and "true" path that only an idealist would believe in. Like Joe Nast and Benjamin Braddock, each of us cannot help but search for that path ourselves". Source:


-Joe Nast: That song at the bar, that was yours?
-Bertie: He never actually heard it... but...
-Joe Nast: ...But he knew you pretty well?
-Bertie: About 60%


Anonymous said...

Beautiful video and beautiful music, I so love moonlight mile.
Thank you, kendra.


penny lane said...

Thank you for the beautiful video (sweet and tender - and excellent choice of music), Kendra. And the great link. I love the way someone else's interpretation of a movie can make you look at it in a different way. Moonlight Mile will always be one of my favorite movies with Jake.
Jake in this film never fails to touch my heart.

Kendra said...

Thanks for your kind words, Christine, and welcome to Weirdland!

Penny Lane, I know you have a very special bond with this film, Jake having one of the sweetest roles I've seen of him.

gr77 said...

Such a beautiful song.It gets me every time

heddaparsons said...

Wonderful video, wonderful post Kendra. Miracle mile is one of my favorite films of Jake.

Kendra said...

Thanks, gr77 and Heddaparsons!