Friday, November 21, 2014

Mike Nichols

I bloody love Mike Nichols’ first two features, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and The Graduate, and am quite fond of several of his later ones, without having ever thought of him as any kind of great auteur. Neither did he, if a quotation in his obituary is anything to go by. Setting himself apart from the likes of Renoir, he said:
The rest of us make entertainment. And that’s an absolutely honourable profession. Straining towards art is confusing and useless.


Philip Cartwright said...

Hmm. He seems to be out-John Fording John Ford there with his macho, "I'm just a hack" pose. I can certainly understand why he did it, but Michael Bay he weren't.

Sam said...

Michael Bay probably thinks straining towards entertainment is confusing and useless though.