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
There's one thing better than having a great actor, and that's having a great actor who's never done this kind of role before and is hungry to do it. They're testing themselves every day. They want to get out of their trailer and get to work.More Sam Mendes quotes [07/28/2011 05:07:46]
Truly great actors carry their characters in silence with them. They communicate without words the relationships that predate the movie.More Sam Mendes quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
You've got to believe as a filmmaker that if a movie's good enough, it's going to survive; and if it's not, well, it won't.More Sam Mendes quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
This is the first time in 10 years I don't know what I'm doing next, and I'm rather enjoying it. Soon I'll be climbing the walls no doubt, but right now, it's not clear, I'm just enjoying the freedom.More Sam Mendes quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
You think about taking audiences on a journey.More Sam Mendes quotes [07/28/2011 05:07:24]

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