The world of film has its auteurs and icons, and loyal viewers will line up to see a movie based on a director's name alone. But the name of Mike Nichols guaranteed a film experience above almost all others, with a script that was top-notch and impeccable acting.
|Late filmmaker Mike Nichols gets a close-up on his career this week at the Sie FilmCenter.|
Nichols had not just talent and vision, but range. After he helmed two beloved stage productions of Barefoot in the Park and The Odd Couple at the renowned Neil Simon Theater, Hollywood came calling and Nichols delivered a stunning one-two debut punch with his electrifying direction of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; he also introduced the world to a young actor named Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate.
When the filmmaker passed away on November 19, he left decades of work that deserves rediscovery -- and the Denver Film Society is unspooling five of his classics in Mike Nichols: Remembered, which runs December 18 through December 21 at Sie FilmCenter. We spoke with Britta Erickson, festival director (and co-founder of Denver's Curious Theater Company) and Ernie Quiroz, DFS programming manager, to learn about Nichols' legacy and the five films they selected to celebrate this lost talent.
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