Mike Nichols: American Masters

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Mike Nichols: American Masters

Elaine May
USA, 2016
Documentaries, 54min, OF

© Viennale Courtesy Everett Collection © 1978 Bob Willoughby

Mike Nichols: American Masters

Elaine May
USA, 2016
Documentaries, 54min, OF

Cast: 
Meryl Streep
Steven Spielberg
Tom Hanks
Dustin Hoffman
Alec Baldwin
Paul Simon
Matthew Broderick
Frank Langella
Sound: 
Ken Hahn
Camera: 
Michael Claeys
Editor: 
Michael Claeys
Composer: 
Thomas Wagner
Production: 
Jumer Productions Inc.
Witnesses Documentary Productions LLC
Bennington Productions Inc.
Thirteen Productions LLC
World Sales: 
FilmRise
Format: 
DCP
Color and Black/White

Mike Nichols was a stranger in a strange land when he and his family fled Nazi Germany in 1939 and immigrated to New York. He was 7. Less than 20 years later, Nichols and improv partner Elaine May were changing the face of American comedy with their sharp, brilliant banter. Nichols had an impeccable eye for casting. “Right down to taking someone like Dustin Hoffman, who at the time was clearly not the image of a movie star,” said Schlossberg. “I think he was often able to see in [actors] what people couldn’t see, like with Cher in SILKWOOD and Ann-Margret in CARNAL KNOWLEDGE. He was able to take people who had one image and would change it around.” (Susan King)