Mike Nichols committed the unforgivable sin of never writing his memoirs. A man who seemed to be at the epicenter of American cultural life for more than five decades, who directed the all time classic The Graduate, as well as Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Catch-22, Working Girl, Closer and many many more would have a lot to tell us about what makes great art.
Luckily, someone has had the good taste to put together an oral history of the man ‘Life isn’t Everything’, courtesy of 150 of his closest friends. This means commentary from Harrison Ford, Susan Sontag, Woody Allen and Wes Anderson. Richard Burton goes as far as to say if he could be anyone on earth Mike Nicols (along with Noel Cowerd) would be who he’d choose.
A fascinating story of a man who began life fleeing Nazi Germany and ended has one of the most acclaimed directors in Hollywood history.