A true directing great, Mike Nichols has sadly passed away following a cardiac arrest at the age of 83.
Nichols would be perhaps best described as an actor's director. He really got the best out of his cast and it shows in his eclectic and extensive body of work, which included an Oscar for the 1967 film The Graduate - one of my favourites.
His first movie in 1966 can be pretty much taken as a statement of intent for what was to follow, it was the brilliant Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? (another favourite of mine) starring the acting heavyweights Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. The films that followed, including Primary Colors, Working Girl, Catch-22, Silkwood, Closer, Postcards From The Edge and Charlie Wilson's War, were strong movies, well performed.