Mike Nichols (born Nov. 6, 1931, Berlin, Ger.) American motion-picture and stage director whose productions focus on the absurdities and horrors of modern life as revealed in personal relationships.
Nichols immigrated with his family to the United States at the age of seven. He attended the University of Chicago (1950–53), studied acting under Lee Strasberg in New York City, and then returned to Chicago, where, with Elaine May, Shelley Berman, Barbara Harris, and Paul Sills, he formed the comic improvisational group The Compass Players. Nichols and May then traveled nationwide with their social-satire routines, and from 1960 to 1961 they performed on Broadway in An Evening with Mike Nichols and Elaine May.
Nichols made his Broadway directorial debut with the highly praised Barefoot in the Park (1963) and went on to direct a series of commercially and critically successful Broadway plays, many written by Neil Simon. He won Tony awards for Barefoot in the Park, Luv (1964… read more
All of its moments of sympathy are artificially created, and there's few real nuggets of information or emotion.
In greater retrospect and consideration, the story is just too run of the mill. What separates it from any other story of its like? Just because it's based off of a true story doesn't make it automatically good or vital. Too much time is spent merely suggesting things in this movie (like the end) rather than taking a stance. It's weak. For me to sit and watch this, and see an injustice, and then for the filmmakers to be ambiguous at the end is ridiculous. Thus, the emotion conjured up by swells of music at the end doesn't make me sad because I haven't been led to care. Also, if a wikipedia visit can garner the same information, then I sort of DO want some background on the character.