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Hollywood Flashback: Mike Nichols Broke Records With ‘Angels in America’. It would have been foolish to bet against Mike Nichols’ six-hour adaptation of Angels in America at the 2004 Emmys. The $60 million production had everything going for it: Nichols at the helm…. George Segal, Leading Man of Lighthearted Comedies,...

Mike Nichols and the American Century

The director made landmark contributions to three distinct art forms. His life reflected the American experience in the latter half of the twentieth century—both its failures and its feats. Mike Nichols: A Life. Mark Harris. Penguin Random House, $35 (cloth) In 1941 publishing titan Henry Luce boldly challenged his fellow...
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Mark Harris talks Mike Nichols: A Life

Mark Harris spoke with Solzy at the Movies about his new book, Mike Nichols: A Life, ahead of this weekend’s TCM Classic Film Festival. The TCM premiere of Nichols and May: Take Two will screen on late Saturday morning. The documentary will be followed by Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? in the early afternoon. Both screenings will include a conversation with Mark Harris.

How ‘Mike Nichols: A Life’ Changed the Way I Look at Acting

In February on The Collider Podcast, we spoke to author Mark Harris about his new book Mike Nichols: A Life. During our conversation, we talked about how the book detailed Nichols’ approach to working with actors and getting the best performance out of them for the piece, and Harris made a fascinating point that has stuck with me these past months. We talked about how over this Oscar season, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom has been repeatedly acclaimed for its terrific performances across its entire cast, and yet at no point has the film’s director, George C. Wolfe, been part of the Best Director conversation.

Mark Harris: ‘Mike Nichols: A Life’

This week on The Treatment, Elvis welcomes writer Mark Harris back to the program. Harris’ newest book is “Mike Nichols: A Life” about the Academy Award winning director. Harris’ other books include “Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood” and “Five Came Back.” Harris tells The Treatment that Nichols’ dual outsider status, both as an immigrant and because of a condition that meant he would never grow hair, deeply informed who he became. Harris discusses the hostility that ran throughout Nichols’ work, and he talks about how Nichols’ early career as part of the comedy duo with Elaine May had a tremendous influence on his directing.

We give geniuses license to be jerks. Mike Nichols tried not to be anyhow.

Mike Nichols, the director behind a wide range of seminal stage productions and movies, from The Graduate to Working Girl to HBO’s Angels in America, was always a filmmaker I respected more than I loved. The movies he made that I loved, I really loved; the rest of his work mostly left me nodding my head and saying, “That was pretty good!” before forgetting it within a couple of days.

Streamers: A forgotten feminist filmmaker, and the stellar biography “Mike Nichols: A Life”

By the time this column posts, it will be April, and another Women’s History Month will have come and gone. But does that mean we should stop spotlighting the contributions made by, for example, women filmmakers? If you think for a moment that was not a rhetorical question, we probably can’t be friends. With that in mind, I’d like to introduce you to the work of a director whose name and filmography were new to me, but who deserves recognition for at least a couple of movies that captured a spiky, often hilarious feminism at a time when such a thing was rarely expressed, even in the relatively progressive milieu of post-’68 France.
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Publishing: Penguin Press (February 2, 2021) A magnificent biography of one of the most protean creative forces in American entertainment history, a life of dazzling highs and vertiginous plunges–some of the worst largely unknown until now–by the acclaimed author of Pictures at a Revolution and Five Came Back. Mike Nichols...
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The elusive man behind the polished façade: "Mike Nichols: A Life" by Mark Harris

Mark Harris’ portrait of director Mike Nichols is a pleasure to read and a model biography: appreciative yet critical, unfailingly intelligent, and elegantly written. Granted, Harris has a hyper-articulate, self-analytical subject who left a trail of press coverage behind him, but Nichols used his dazzling conversational gifts to obfuscate and beguile as much as to confide. The oft-told story of 7-year-old Michael Igor Peschkowsky’s arrival in America in 1939, Harris remarks with characteristic acuity, was “his first self-revelation-as-anecdote, an approach that he would eventually refine into a shield and a disguise, but also into a style of directing.”
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New to Streaming: Minari, Mike Nichols, The Conformist, Audition & More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options—not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves–each week we highlight the noteworthy titles that have recently hit platforms. Check out this week’s selections below and past round-ups here. Audition (Takashi Miike) Perhaps I’ve been subconsciously squeamishly avoiding it, but I’ve...
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Former home of legendary director Mike Nichols lists for $26M

A historic Upper East Side double-wide townhouse once owned by the late screen and stage director Mike Nichols is now on the market for $26 million. The property is on the same block as Madonna’s mega mansion. Built in 1899, the 40-foot-wide townhouse at 160 E. 81st St. comes with...

'Mike Nichols: A Life': Mark Harris Chronicles Mike Nichols' Complex Life and Brilliant Career

By any standard, Mike Nichols was a brilliant auteur who worked with everyone from Richard Burton to Meryl Streep. The catalog of both plays and films for the large and small screens that he directed is long and impressive--though most times, in reviewing the list, you might find yourself saying "Mike Nichols directed that?" He was prolific and versatile. He was also a truly complicated man whose life was fascinating for both its triumphs and successes and its sorrows and challenges. Mark Harris is the author of a new book about him, Mike Nichols: A Life. It is a compelling story for anyone who appreciated Mike Nichols--and, in some interesting ways--even for those who are as yet unfamiliar with his work.
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Mike Nichols Got His Juiciest Backstage Stories From Broadway

There are plenty of juicy backstages tales from both Hollywood and Broadway in “Mike Nichols: A Life,” the new biography of director-producer-performer Mike Nichols. And the juiciest of them, according to author Mark Harris, come from the stage. Listen to this week’s “Stagecraft” podcast below:. “We think so often of...