When: July 15-17, 8 p.m. 2016
Mike Nichols' first film was the classic adaptation of Edward Albee's powerhouse play, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, which chronicles one night in the life of antagonistic middle-age drunkards Martha and George. The production was fraught with problems; the amount of adult language kept the Production Code office from approving the film, star Richard Burton was unsure of his ability to play the weak-willed George and Nichols had no filmmaking experience at the time. Fortunately, Nichols had Haskell Wexler for a cinematographer and Sam O'Steen handling the editing, and the two old hands were able to help Nichols immensely. The finished film was nominated for an Academy Award in every category, with Wexler, Elizabeth Taylor and Sandy Dennis all winning statuettes. The Webster Film Series screens Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? as part of its tribute to the best black and white cinematography from 1936 to 1966. The film screens at 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday (July 15 to 17) at Webster University's Moore Auditorium (470 East Lockwood Avenue; www.webster.edu/film-series). Admission is $4 to $6.