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THE MAN WHO WAS NOT AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF--OR LIZ TAYLOR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


It’s been 43 years since Broadway wunderkind Mike Nichols proved he had no fear of film--or film goddesses--by boldly steering Elizabeth Taylor through the booby-trapped turf of Edward Albee's "Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”. Despite occasional misfires (remember “The Day of the Dolphin” and “Wolf”?), Nichols remains a major figure in the world of cinema, an indisputable fact that will be celebrated by the Museum of Modern Art with a retrospective running from April 14 through May 1. Below, a sampling of key films in the series. For a complete schedule and other details, click here. To read Guy Flatley’s 1976 interview with Mike Nichols, click here; for Guy's 1971 interview with Edward Albee, click here.

 

THE GRADUATE (1967)

Screenplay: Calder Willingham and Buck Henry

Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Katharine Ross, William Daniels, Murray Hamilton, Elizabeth Wilson, Buck Henry, Alice Ghostley, Marion Lorne

Click here for Guy Flatley's 1979 interview with Dustin Hofman.

CARNAL KNOWLEDGE (1971)

Screenplay: Jules Feiffer


Cast:
Jack Nicholson, Candice Bergen, Art Garfunkel, Ann-Margret, Rita Moreno, Cynthia O'Neal, Carol Kane


Click here for Guy Flatley's 1974 interview with Jack Nicholson; for Guy's 1977 interview with Candice Bergen, click here.


SILKWOOD (1983)

Screenplay: Nora Ephron and Alice Arlen

Cast: Meryl Streep, Kurt Russell, Cher, Craig T. Nelson, Fred Ward, Diana Scarwid, Ron Silver, Josef Sommer, Sudie Bond, Henderson Forsythe, Bruce McGill, David Strathairn, M. Emmet Walsh, James Rebhorn, Tess Harper, Anthony Heald, Will Patton

PRIMARY COLORS (1998)

Screenplay: Elaine May

Cast: John Travolta, Emma Thompson, Billy Bob Thornton, Kathy Bates, Adrian Lester, Maura Tierney, Larry Hagman, Diane Ladd, Mykelti Williamson, Paul Guilfoyle, Rob Reiner, Allison Janney, Robert Klein, Geraldo Rivera, Charlie Rose, Larry King, Bill Maher, Cynthia O'Neal, Tony Shalhoub

Click here for Guy Flatley's 1976 interview with John Travolta.

WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? (1966)

Screenplay: Ernest Lehman

Cast: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, George Segal, Sandy Dennis

 



POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE (1990)

Screenplay: Carrie Fisher

Cast: Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine, Dennis Quaid, Gene Hackman, Richard Dreyfuss, Rob Reiner, Mary Wickes, Conrad Bain, Annette Bening, Simon Callow, Gary Morton, Anthony Heald, Dana Ivey, Oliver Platt, Pepe Serna

Click here for Guy Flatley's 1977 interview with Shirley MacLaine.

CLOSER (2004)

Screenplay: Patrick Marber

Cast: Natalie Portman, Jude Law, Julia Roberts, Clive Owen



ANGELS IN AMERICA (2003)

Teleplay: Tony Kushner

Cast: Patrick Wilson, Al Pacino, Meryl Streep, Emma Thompson, Mary-Louise Parker, Justin Kirk, Jeffrey Wright, Ben Shenkman, James Cromwell, Michael Gambon, Simon Callow, Tony Kushner, Maurice Sendak

Click here to read Guy Flatley's 1973 interview with Al Pacino.



WIT (2001)

Teleplay: Emma Thompson and Mike Nichols

Cast: Emma Thompson, Christopher Lloyd, Eileen Atkins, Audra McDonald, Harold Pinter

 


CATCH-22

Screenplay: Buck Henry

Cast: Alan Arkin, Martin Balsam, Richard Benjamin, Art Garfunkel, Jack Gilford, Buck Henry, Bob Newhart, Anthony Perkins, Paula Prentiss, Martin Sheen, Jon Voight, Orson Welles, Bob Balaban, Susanne Benton, Norman Fell, Charles Grodin, Austin Pendleton, Philip Roth, Marcel Dalio, Elizabeth Wilson, Seth Allen

Click here for Guy Flatley's 1977 interview with Anthony Perkins.