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Watch: Dustin Hoffman Tells ‘American Masters’ About Mike Nichols Directing ‘The Graduate’: “He looked like he was going to throw up”

Watch: Dustin Hoffman Tells 'American Masters' About Mike Nichols Directing 'The Graduate': "He looked like he was going to throw up"

In this excerpt from “Mike Nichols: American Masters,” Nichols, Dustin Hoffman, and Paul Simon discuss the filmmaker’s era-defining film “The Graduate,” including his horror at the actors’ first table read of the script. (“He looked like he was going to throw up,” Hoffman relates.) Directed by Elaine May, half of the iconic comedy duo Nichols and May, the film premieres January 29 at 9pm on PBS

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In a career spanning 50 years, the late writer/director, who died in 2014, made such enduring classics as “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf,” “Carnal Knowledge,” “Working Girl,” and “Angels in America.” In addition to extensive footage of the erudite, loquacious Nichols discussing his own work, May’s film includes interviews with countless of Nichols’ artistic collaborators and colleagues, from Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks to Steven Spielberg and James L. Brooks.

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It’s not the only Nichols documentary on the docket, either: Douglas McGrath’s “Becoming Mike Nichols” premieres at Sundance later this month before airing on HBO February 22.  

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