For over half a century, Mike Nichols’s varied talents and singular voice made him a cultural icon. From his early days in sketch comedy with Elaine May to his career as a theater director and his prolific output as a filmmaker, his work continuously defied categorization, but it was always touched by his deep humanity and complex sensitivity. We’re delighted to be introducing him into the collection next week with our release of his 1967 masterpiece, The Graduate. And as if in anticipation, on Monday night, HBO will premiere Douglas McGrath’s Becoming Mike Nichols, a documentary celebrating the artist and his work. Composed of a series of intimate, in-depth conversations between Nichols and his close friend the theater director Jack O’Brien, conducted just four months before Nichols’s death in November 2014, the documentary was executive produced by Frank Rich, who has also written a wonderful appreciation of The Graduate for our release. Watch the trailer for Becoming Mike Nichols here. The film itself airs on Monday at 9 p.m.
A Sound for Love and Loss: Bo Harwood on A Woman Under the Influence
With just piano and guitar, longtime Cassavetes collaborator Bo Harwood created a score that highlights the melancholy in the director’s acclaimed domestic drama.