For the Warner DVD edition of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” the studio had Steven Soderbergh conduct an interview with director Mike Nichols and the result is one of the wittiest and most sophisticated commentary tracks ever. For the running time of the film, a listener is given the feeling of being in a private screening room with two Hollywood titans as they talk about a very important picture. —Joe’s View
Playboy Interview: Mike Nichols (June, 1966), pp. 63-64, 66, 68, 72-74
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Howard Suber is the Yoda of all filmmaking teachers. He taught more than 65 courses in 40 years at UCLAs celebrated film school. He has been a consultant to every major film studio. His former students are now the most accomplished writers, directors and producers in the industry. He is the author of “The Power of Film” (2006). His book examines the principles that make films popular and memorable and will be of interest whether you want to make films or just appreciate films.
The Graduate screenplay by Buck Henry [pdf]. (NOTE: For educational purposes only)
For a previously unknown actor named Dustin Hoffman, the success of The Graduate was a “happy accident,” according to CBC interviewer Moses Znaimer. Sudden fame means Hoffman has been careful not to be trapped into playing Benjamin Braddock for the rest of his career. In this conversation with Znaimer, a slightly guarded Hoffman describes his latest role, as Ratso Rizzo in Midnight Cowboy, and ruminates on acting, fame and selling out.