Saturday, December 6, 2014

TCM's Mike Nichols tribute

Director Mike Nichols died a couple of weeks ago at the age of 83. TCM had Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf on the schedule for tnoight at 8:00 PM already, as part of TCM's The Essentials. So it made logical sense to make tonight the TCM programming tribute to Nichols. I have to admit that I'm not a particular fan of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, or at least the portions I've seen. The screamin and arguing in the portions I've seen have always been enough to make me want to turn the movie off.

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf will be followed by two more movies. TCM are only showing three of Nichols' films I think in part because they must have wanted not to preempt the TCM Underground movies, and in part because Nichols had long breaks between films in his career while he was directing on the stage. The second of the movies, at 10:30 PM, is The Graduate, pictured above, with a story you all know about a recent college graduate (Dustin Hoffman) who gets seduced by the mother of a friend (Anne Bancroft plays the mother; Katherine Ross the friend).

The last of the Nichols movies is Carnal Knowledge at 12:30 AM, with Jack Nicholson and Art Garfunkel playing a pair of friends who navigate the sexual revolution of the 1960s together (as friends; those sexual relationships are with women).

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