Friday, November 21, 2014
CHARLIE WILSON'S WAR would be Nichols' swan song in 2007, capping a career of mostly excellent films, including THE GRADUATE, CARNAL KNOWLEDGE, CLOSER, POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE, ANGELS IN AMERICA, and many more. I've yet to see WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?, his scorching debut.
Nichols was just as renowned for his stage work, recently mounting productions of Spamalot and Death of a Salesman. Many younger fans may be unaware of his earlier days as 1/2 of the great comedy team of Nichols and (Elaine) May. Their brand of humor is sorely missed: comedy based more or characterization than jokes. Check out some YouTube clips; this is how it's done.