Mike Nichols passed away this week at the age of eighty-three. Nichols was the first film director whose work so amazed me that I paid to see one of his movies twice - and that was while I was a very poor college student. The movie was "The Graduate" starring Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, and Katherine Ross - the story of a young man graduating from college who, while in the process of falling in love with the neighbor's daughter, is seduced by the girl's mother. The movie pushed some envelopes in film that had never before been pushed, and the story was set to the backdrop of a complete original soundtrack by Simon and Garfunkel. Their "Mrs. Robinson" focused on, and was titled after, Anne Bancroft's character, the seductress.
But my favorite song from the movie was a traditional English ballad that the duo performed, "Scarborough Fair," named for the town of Scarborough in Yorkshire, England. Many earlier versions of the ballad exist, but the one recorded by Simon and Garfunkel for the movie has become the standard.
Rest in peace, Mike Nichols. You, yourself, set many standards in your long and lofty career, and "The Graduate" was certainly one of them. Thanks for picking my pocket twice at the Fox Theatre in Springfield, Missouri. It was certainly money well spent!
as recorded by Simon and Garfunkel