Posts tagged as the graduate

The Lost Roles of 'The Graduate'

"Lost Roles" is a weekly column looking at "what might have been" in movie and TV comedy, exploring alternate casting possibilities that almost happened but didn't, for one reason or another. This week, we turn our attention to The Graduate, director Mike Nichols's revered comedy-drama, which celebrates its 45th anniversary tomorrow.

As with any movie, casting was the key to The Graduate's success. Obviously, Mike Nichols's superb direction, and the tight, well-executed screenplay by Buck Henry, were a big part of that too, but with another cast, Nichols and Henry's vision wouldn't have been anywhere near as effective. Nichols and his team went through an arduous casting process to [...]

Watch Judd Apatow Ask Mike Nichols for Advice

Judd Apatow sat down last month at the Museum of Moden Art for a public chat with beloved filmmaker Mike Nichols (The Graduate, The Birdcage), entitled "Judd Apatow Asks Mike Nichols for Advice." It's a nice and thoughtful discussion about the duo's similar philosophies and filmmaking styles and it seems like the only advice Nichols gives Apatow is to just keep doing what he's doing.

The Graduate: The Father of the Modern Comedy of Awkwardness

Today's comedy landscape is prominently defined by the line of cringe-inducing moments and awkward conversations, from the character of Michael Scott on The Office to the persona of Zach Galifianakis (especially in "Between Two Ferns") to Michael Cera's bumbling adolescent characters. It's a type of comedy that defines every faux documentary from This Is Spinal Tap to Modern Family, and it's present in the painful real-life comedy of Louie and Judd Apatow's films. NBC's Thursday night line-up is built around single-camera entities with recent roots dating back to the groundbreaking "The Larry Sanders Show" on HBO. But further back than that, it's a type of comedy that first grabbed [...]