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Carly Fiorina - The Graduate? Posted on 05/16/2002.

BusinessWeek points out that, for all the sturm und drang of the HP/Compaq merger tribulations, the real difficulties are only yet to come.
Referring to the two companies as "The Happy Couple", spurred me to think of the end of The Graduate, both the film and the book.
What many don't realize is that the story doesn't really have a happy ending. Sure, Benjamin "gets the girl", which, in a typical story, would be the joyous close. However, (if memory serves) in the original book, as Ben and Elaine sit on the back of the bus, Elaine turns to Ben, "Ben?" and he responds, "Yes?" In the movie, the final shot lingers long enough so that we see the elation on their faces turn to uncertainty as to the future that lies ahead.

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On Inside The Actor's Studio, Director Nichols claims that the final "sobering" emotion that Benjamin and Elaine go through was due to the fact that he had just been shouting at the two of them to laugh in the scene. The actors were so scared that after laughing they stopped, scared. Nichols liked it so much, he kept it.

... Where's Nichols now?
Posted by Andrew @ 05/22/2002 02:48 PM PST [link to this comment]

Michael Dell will just laugh all the way to the bank.
Posted by MadMan @ 05/29/2002 08:54 AM PST [link to this comment]

Michael Dell is laughing all the way to the bank.
Posted by MadMan @ 05/29/2002 09:16 AM PST [link to this comment]

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