Incredibly sad news this morning as legendary director Mike Nichols has died at the age of 83. ABC reported the news that Nichols died suddenly last night. Nichols was a creative powerhouse throughout his career as his character-centric work could cut to the bone but without ever feeling petty or childish even when his characters were behaving that way (which they had a tendency to do). When the Production Code was shaking in the mid 1960s, his feature directing debut Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? knocked it over and cleared the way for more mature language, themes, and other topics that had been stifled for decades. The Graduate, which is one of my all-time favorite movies, was a key movie in the changing of the guard from Old Hollywood to New Hollywood, and I could do a series of articles on how its place in film history and lasting impact. It’s an incredible film made even more remarkable by the fact that it was only Nichols’ second movie.