Perhaps what I really enjoy about the films of Mike Nichols is the fact that his genre is dramatic in nature while maintaining interpersonal relationships as the main premise. Nichols loved the line from “
Nichols then followed with “The Graduate” (1967), and albeit although it does not qualify as a “cult” film, it is one that will go down as symbolic of the time period and symbolic of what every teenager and adult either goes through or years for. Nichol’s received an Academy Award for best director for this film. It is debatable whether this film was meant as a mockery or as a celebration of such counterculture, but the film remains nothing short of outstanding.
It is probably the theatrical background of Nichols that allows him to direct film so well. Let’s be real honest – some of your best films ever to hit the big screen are shot with minimal sets, low lighting and on limited locations. The focus and intensity remains on performance, character motivation, timing and adaptation.
Director Mike Nichols is what I would call a “serious” director with an eye for talent, and ear for what is in tune and a sense of what audiences identify with, fear and crave. Nichols has always taken real chances on screen and dives into the personal lives of his characters head first. Additionally, Nichols always felt that his job as a director was divided into a multitude of facets: Working with the crew, working within the budget, working with the studio and marketing & promotion. Thus, the idea of Nichols as a “celebrity” really is something he has never felt I would imagine. This is precisely the reason why I pay tribute and homage to this individual this week and hope that you will have a chance to re-visit or to see for the first time any of the films I have listed below.
1966 Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? – Picture Points (10/10)
1967 The Graduate - Chazz's Picture Points (8/10)
1973 The Day of the Dolphin - Chazz’s Picture Points (7.5/10)
1983 Silkwood - Chazz’s Picture Points (8/10)
1988 Biloxi Blues - Chazz’s Picture Points (7/10)
1988 Working Girl - Chazz’s Picture Points (6.5/10)
1990 Postcards From the Edge - Chazz’s Picture Points (7/10)
1996 The Birdcage - Chazz’s Picture Points (7.5/10)
1998 Primary Colors - Chazz’s Picture Points (7/10)
2004 Closer - Chazz’s Picture Points (8.5/10