By J.W. Whitehead
Mike Nichols burst onto the yankee cultural scene within the past due Nineteen Fifties as one half the comedian cabaret staff of Nichols and should. He turned a Broadway directing sensation, then moved directly to Hollywood, the place his first films--Who's petrified of Virginia Woolf? (1966) and The Graduate (1967)--earned a complete of 20 Academy Award nominations. Nichols received the 1968 Oscar for top Director and later joined the rarefied EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) membership. He made many different American cinematic classics, together with Catch-22 (1970), Carnal wisdom (1971), Silkwood (1983), operating woman (1988), Postcards from the sting (1990), and his past due masterpieces for HBO, Wit (2001) and Angels in the United States (2003). Filmmakers like Steven Spielberg and Steven Soderbergh regard him with reverence. this primary full-career retrospective examine of this protean strength within the American arts starts with the roots of his filmmaking in satirical comedy and Broadway theatre and devotes separate chapters to every of his 20 characteristic movies. Nichols' everlasting achievements are his critique of the ways that tradition constructs conformity and his tempered optimism approximately members' liberation via transformative awakening.