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
If you lived through the shooting of Jaws, you can live through anything.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]
I don't think good and evil are polarized.More Sam Mendes quotes [07/28/2011 05:07:26]
Kevin and Annette... I wanted them to do it together. They clearly wanted to work with each other.More Sam Mendes quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
If you're doing a classic play, where if you do a Chekhov, you do the words as written. You can't do that with a novel; you have to do your version of the words as written.More Sam Mendes quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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