Mike Nichols: American Masters
Written bySusan Lacy
Directed byElaine May
StarringMike Nichols
Original languageEnglish
ProducersJulian Schlossberg
Michael Kantor
Roy Furman
CinematographyMichael Claeys
EditorsMichael Claeys
Phillip Schopper
Running time54 minutes
Production companiesJumer Productions
Witnesses Documentary Productions
Bennington Productions
Thirteen Productions
DistributorAmerican Masters
Original networkPBS
Original release
  • January 29, 2016 (2016-01-29)

Mike Nichols: American Masters is a 2016 documentary film directed by Elaine May about the life of Mike Nichols[1] broadcast on the PBS series American Masters. It is derived from a lengthy interview with Nichols conducted by producer Julian Schlossberg. Brian Lowry of Variety has called it "the last memorable Nichols-May collaboration."[2] Richard Brody said that although it is not a major contribution to May's life's work, it "is nonetheless distinctive in its sparseness, its fixed and almost obsessive concentration on Nichols’s face and voice... [it's] May’s highest tribute to Nichols."[3]



  1. ^ "First Documentary on Mike Nichols Will Launch 30th Season of American Masters". pbs.org. November 2, 2015. Retrieved January 19, 2016.
  2. ^ Lowry, Brian (January 26, 2016). "TV Review: 'American Masters: Mike Nichols'". Variety. Retrieved January 30, 2016.
  3. ^ Brody, Richard (January 29, 2016). "A Lovingly Obsessive Tribute to Mike Nichols, by Elaine May". The New Yorker. Retrieved February 2, 2016.