Mike Nichols and the Cinema of Transformation

Mike Nichols and the Cinema of Transformation

by J.W. Whitehead

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ISBN-13: 9780786471454
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 05/27/2014
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

J.W. Whitehead directs the fine arts and honors programs at Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, West Virginia, where he teaches film, creative writing, and contemporary literature.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Preface 1

Part 1 Taking the Stage

1 The Little Exile, the Cabaret Comic, the Broadway Midas 13

Part 2 The Auteur

2 "Peel the label": Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) 25

3 "This afternoon's feature attraction": The Graduate (1967) 36

4 "Like us": Catch-22 (1970) 52

5 "Just act natural": Carnal Knowledge (1971) 73

6 "Man is bad": The Day of the Dolphin (1973) 89

7 "I must be dreaming": The Fortune (1975) 103

Part 3 The Pro

8 "A moral imperative": Silkwood (1983) 115

9 "Willing to play the game": Heartburn (1986) 129

10 "You have to take sides": Biloxi Blues (1988) 137

11 "She's your man": Working Girl (1988) 144

12 "Not like in the movies": Postcards from the Edge (1990) 155

13 "Say when": Regarding Henry (1991) 170

14 "What God meant": Wolf (1994) 183

15 "Family values": The Birdcage (1996) 192

16 "True believerism": Primary Colors (1998) 210

17 "Like a human being": What Planet Are You From? (2000) 216

Part 4 The Late Nichols

18 "A little allegory of the soul": Wit (2001) 225

19 "Threshold of revelation": Angels in America (2003) 236

20 "RU4 real?": Closer (2004) 273

21 "We'll see": Charlie Wilson's War (2007) 286

Part 5 Among The Stars

22 Tempered Optimism: The Cinematic Legacy of Mike Nichols 297

Filmography 309

Chapter Notes 313

Bibliography 323

Index 327

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