The Directors

Mike Nichols

Series 6 - Episode 2 Mike Nichols

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Mike Nichols may not have had a style but he certainly showed style in choosing the projects he directed across a long and glittering career in movies and theatre, becoming one of the few people to bag an Oscar, a Bafta, Emmys, Tonys and a Grammy.


An early association with playwright Neil Simon on Broadway led to the fiery 1966 film version of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, followed by Dustin Hoffman’s screen debut The Graduate. Later, Nichols filmed one of the classics of the 80s, Working Girl, and in 1996 elicited a hilarious turn from Gene Wilder in drag in The Birdcage. With great clips and insight from critics Neil Norman and Derek Malcolm, this series remains a must for cineastes.


The life and work of American film and theatre director Mike Nichols, whose films include Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Catch-22, and The Graduate, for which he won an Oscar.
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