An up shut and private portrait of a mythical filmmaker, theater director, and comic, drawing on candid conversations together with his closest buddies in display industry and the humanities―from Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep to Natalie Portman and Lorne Michaels.

The paintings of Mike Nichols pervades American cultural awareness―from The Graduate and Who’s Terrified of Virginia Woolf? to Angels in America, The Birdcage, Working Girl, and Primary Colors, to not point out his string of hit performs, together with Barefoot within the Park and The Strange Couple. If that weren’t sufficient, he used to be additionally one part of the timelessly humorous duo Nichols & Would possibly, in addition to a founding member of the unique improv troupe. Over a profession that spanned part a century, Mike Nichols modified Hollywood, Broadway, and comedy endlessly.

Most enthusiasts, alternatively, recognise little or no of the individual at the back of all of it. Given that he by no means wrote his memoirs, and infrequently seemed on tv, they’ve little or no feel of his looking out mind or his devastating wit. They do not know that Nichols, the nice American director, used to be born Mikail Igor Peschkowsky, in Berlin, and got here to this u . s ., talking no English, to flee the Nazis. They do not know that Nichols used to be at one time a solitary psychology scholar, or that a early life sickness brought about everlasting, existence-changing uncomfortable side effects. They do not know that he withdrew right into a debilitating melancholy earlier than he “in spite of everything were given it proper,” in his phrases, through marrying Diane Sawyer.

Here, for the primary time, Ash Carter and Sam Kashner be offering an intimate glance at the back of the scenes of Nichols’ existence, as instructed through the celebs, moguls, playwrights, manufacturers, comics and crewmembers who stayed dependable to Nichols for years. Life Is not The whole lot is a mosaic portrait of an excellent and unique director recognized for his unusual allure, wit, power, and genius for friendship, this quantity could also be a photograph of what it intended to be dwelling, loving, and making artwork within the twentieth century.