Here are some of the most intimate moments from Mike Nichols' career in film
It's one of the signature moments in movie history: Young Benjamin (Dustin Hoffman) finds himself alone in a veritable indoor jungle with the older, supremely confident Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft) in a sublimely staged scene combining comedy, sex appeal and suspense. It ends with Benjamin strongly asserting, "Mrs. Robinson, you're trying to seduce me," before backpedaling with the sheepish "Aren't you?" Nichols was a master at balancing different tones and inspiring brilliant, naturalistic performances, and his skills are on ample display in "The Graduate," just his second feature.
- Dave Lewis