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Jim
2014-Nov-20, 01:12 PM
Mike Nichols, the director of matchless versatility who brought fierce wit, caustic social commentary and wicked absurdity to such film, TV and stage hits as "The Graduate," ''Angels in America" and "Monty Python's Spamalot," has died. He was 83.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/movies/news/mike-nichols-crafter-of-films-plays-dies-at-83/ar-BBeQ8U9

I remember him most fondly for his dry comedy bits with Elaine May. The one about the cost of alternative funeral arrangements always makes me laugh just thinking about it. "Two guys pick up the body and do God knows what with it."

starcanuck64
2014-Nov-21, 03:18 PM
Nichols' golden touch failed him on occasion with such duds as the anti-war satire "Catch-22," with Alan Arkin in an adaptation of Joseph Heller's best-seller, and "What Planet Are You From?", an unusually tame comedy for Nichols that starred Garry Shandling and Annette Bening.

I really enjoyed that movie and Nichols sense of humor and irony in general. It was wicked and yet caring at the same time I thought.