Sam Mendes

Sam Mendes

Director of Broadway's Cabaret (1998)
Samuel Alexander Mendes was born on August 1, 1965 in Reading, England, UK to parents James Peter Mendes, a retired university lecturer, and Valerie Helene Mendes, an author who writes children's books. Their marriage didn't last long, James divorced Sam's mother in 1970 when Sam was just 5 years-old. Sam was educated at Cambridge University and joined the Chichester Festival Theatre following his graduation in 1987. Afterwards he directed Judi Dench in The Cherry Orchard, for which he won a Critics Circle Award for Best Newcomer. He then joined the Royal Shakespeare Company, where he directed such productions as Troilus and Cressida with Ralph Fiennes and Richard III. In 1992, he became artistic director of the reopened Donmar Warehouse in London, where he directed such productions as 'The Glass Menagerie' and the revival of the musical 'Cabaret', which earned four Tony Awards including one for Best Revival of a Musical. He also directed 'The Blue Room', starring Nicole Kidman. In 1999 he got the chance to direct his first feature film, American Beauty (1999). The movie earned 5 Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director for Mendes, which is a rare feat for a first time film director.Source: imdb.com
You're in the lap of the gods. If people go, they go, and if they don't.More Sam Mendes quotes [07/28/2011 05:07:30]
It took me a long time to film the plastic bag, and then I had to get the cut of the scene right. But if you find it as beautiful as the character does, then suddenly it becomes a different movie, and so did he as a character.More Sam Mendes quotes [07/28/2011 05:07:31]
One of the reasons I loved working with Tom is people feel they know who he is... I think working with an actor who the audience already has a relationship with actually helps you in a film like this.More Sam Mendes quotes [07/28/2011 05:07:05]
I don't think good and evil are polarized.More Sam Mendes quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I deliberately, in a way, went for something that was a huge challenge and was a big period film. I was excited about the canvas on which I could tell the story as much as the story itself.More Sam Mendes quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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