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Braddock’s Tie

Is this claim from Wikipedia correct?

Benjamin Braddock, the main character of the The Graduate, is widely believed to have attended Williams College. In the opening sequence of the movie, Dustin Hoffman playing Benjamin Braddock, is wearing a Williams College tie.

Most agree that Braddock attended Williams. The author of the book on which the movie was based was Charles Webb ’61. The book begins “Benjamin Braddock graduated from a small Eastern college on a day in June.” The number of small Eastern colleges with June graduations is not large.

But is Hoffman wearing a Williams tie in the movie? I don’t remember that. If so, we need a picture! Or, better, a video. Please help us, loyal readers.

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#1 Comment By Henry Bass ’57 On April 17, 2007 @ 10:02 am

I had heard that Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf is also set in Williamstown and that Hollywood wanted to make the movie there but that the College turned down big,big bucks to let them film
there. Knowing that no one would say, “Oh, gee, this is not at all like Williams.”

#2 Comment By Laura ’92 On April 17, 2007 @ 2:03 pm

I saw The Graduate only once a long time ago and don’t really remember the movie. I believe that the two following links show two actual opening sequences from the movie but just with a different soundtrack. Neither tie looks like a Williams tie to me (especially not the second one)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ktfht4R9RYA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIFlIttkvDY

On a related note to the comment above, when I was at Williams there was a rumor that the producers of a movie (I think it was “The Way We Were”) wanted to film at Williams but were turned down by the administration. I also heard a rumor that a movie called “A Change of Seasons” was filmed in Williamstown. I never knew if either of those rumors were true.

#3 Comment By David On April 17, 2007 @ 2:13 pm

We need some veteran alums to look closely at that first link. (The second link is not for the correct part of the movie.) Does that tie look like a Williams tie of that era? In fact, what does a Williams tie look like?

#4 Comment By Anonymous On April 17, 2007 @ 5:04 pm

Was The Human Stain (2003, with Anthony Hopkins and Nicole Kidman) partly filmed at Williams?

#5 Comment By Ronit On April 17, 2007 @ 6:24 pm

The Human Stain was filmed almost entirely at Williams

#6 Comment By rory On April 17, 2007 @ 7:26 pm

A Change of Seasons was filmed in Williamstown.

#7 Comment By Richard Dunn On April 17, 2007 @ 7:34 pm

Unless The Human Stain was filmed in 3 days, it was only partially shot at Williams. They used the area between Stetson and Hopkins for 2 shot of profs walking, Griffin 2 for a lecture, the library in Stetson for a faculty meeting, and the post-office for…um…doing it. Folks who stayed in town between the end of finals and graduation were used as extras in a few scenes. The rest of the movie, like many, was shot in Canada. For other university shots, they used McGill in Montreal instead of Williams.

#8 Comment By Anonymous On April 17, 2007 @ 8:21 pm

Once upon a time, Williamstown was a small rural liberal northeast college town with quaint buildings and surroundings worthy of the type of class displayed in these films. All the screen shots now would have to be done on angles, whereas ten years ago they could have taken film from just about any location on campus, straight on.

Paris Hilton, or Jackie O, the ephs have spoken. Paris, it is. Don’t believe me, take a walk around town.

#9 Comment By BHC On April 17, 2007 @ 8:23 pm

imdb has four listings for the Williamstown, MA location:

– A Change of Seasons. 1980. Bo Derek had just made it big in “10”, and her appearance in Williamstown was of great interest to many Ephs.

– The Human Stain. 2003.

– Art in the 21st Century. 2001. Documentary, filmed at many locations.

– Flights. 2002. An 18-minute short about college students in the Vietnam era.

#10 Comment By BHC On April 17, 2007 @ 8:49 pm

“Flights” was written and directed by Robert Herzog ’68. You can dig the screenplay (but no images) out of http://www.archive.org by searching for http://www.flightsfilm.com. The setting is “Cooper Residential House” of “Hayden College”.

#11 Comment By Anonymous On April 17, 2007 @ 9:39 pm

The Human Stain filming was here at least long enough for Nicole Kidman to stay at the Orchards and make them knock down a wall to giver her a bigger room. She was apparently a pain in many ways. Anthony Hopkins, however, was reputedly very pleasant.

I belive Albee wrote Who’s Afraid…while living on Southworth St.

#12 Comment By john calhoun On April 18, 2007 @ 10:55 am

In re The Graduate: Ask Chuck directly, but those of us of his era probably all think the book was loosely biographical. Repeat, loosely.

Of possible additional interest: As I recall, he got a splendid grant or fellowship or something which enabled him to spend the first year or so after graduation writing The Graduate.

#13 Comment By hwc On April 18, 2007 @ 12:47 pm

Nicole Kidman to stay at the Orchards and make them knock down a wall to giver her a bigger room. She was apparently a pain in many ways.

Nicole Kidman? Pain? Hurt me…

Her extended ten-minute monolog describing a fantasy about a Naval officer to her husband in Kubrick’s “Eyes Wide Shut” is breathtaking. What an actress. She talked about the scene in the DVD extra’s commentary and started crying just thinking about it and how Kubrick got the scene out of her.

#14 Comment By Aidan On April 18, 2007 @ 2:20 pm

the better story is that he sold the film rights for 20,000 dollars to the Anti-Defamation League. Essentially didn’t make a dime on it (film went on to net 100 mil). A strange fellow, all round.