If ever a movie deserved its kudos, it's Mike Nichols' 1967 masterwork.
Not since its release has an American film approached its beauty and wisdom, its style and its substance, its perfect melding of cinema's visual possibilities and the stage's visceral ramifications. It's the most beautiful film to look at and listen to, despite the ugliness of its emotions not so deep down. Dustin Hoffman stars; Katharine Ross plays the nice college girl he's smitten with, the daughter of über-cougar Anne Bancroft. Songs by Simon and Garfunkel (like we need to tell you that). (PG) ROBERT WILONSKY