Mike Nichols - Directing The Graduate (1967)

Mike Nichols won an Academy Award for directing The Graduate, his second film, released in December 1967. Nichols says he learned much of his trade from director Elia Kazan and Lee Strasberg, with whom he studied acting at the Actors Studio. Sharing anecdotes about the film in its production stages are Dustin Hoffman, the young star of The Graduate, and Paul Simon, whose songs, including “The Sound of Silence” and “Mrs. Robinson”, are on the film soundtrack.