Mike Nichols had the Burtons for his first film (1966), but he felt compelled to drag in so many jazzy camera tricks that Richard and Elizabeth seem largely superfluous for the first couple of reels. When Nichols finally settles down, it’s almost too late. Still, the cast—which includes George Segal and Sandy Dennis (who turned a spastic twitch and a stutter into an acting style)—handle Edward Albee’s searing dialogue with aplomb.