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Sam Mendes is a Director and Producer British born on 1 august 1965 at Reading (United-kingdom)

Sam Mendes

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Birth name Samuel Alexander Mendes
Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 1 august 1965 (53 years) at Reading (United-kingdom)
Creator of Neal Street Productions
Awards Laurence Olivier Award, Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, Academy Award for Best Director

Samuel Alexander "Sam" Mendes, CBE (born 1 August 1965) is an English stage and film director. He is best known for directing American Beauty (1999), which earned him the Academy and Golden Globe Award for Best Director, the crime film Road to Perdition (2002), and the James Bond movie Skyfall (2012). He also is known for dark re-inventions of the stage musicals Cabaret (1994), Oliver! (1994), Company (1996), and Gypsy (2003). He directed an original stage musical for the first time with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2013).

In 2000, Mendes was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II for "services to drama" and in the same year was awarded the Shakespeare Prize by the Alfred Toepfer Foundation in Hamburg, Germany. In 2005 he received a lifetime achievement award from the Directors Guild of Great Britain.

Biography

Samuel Alexander Mendes fait ses études à l'université de Cambridge avant de rejoindre le Chichester Festival Theatre, puis la Royal Shakespeare Company où il dirige Troïlus et Cressida avec Ralph Fiennes, et Richard III. Il devient ensuite, en 1992, le directeur artistique de la Donmar Warehouse de Londres où il met en scène La Ménagerie de verre de Tennessee Williams et une adaptation scénique de la comédie musicale Cabaret. Il dirige enfin La Chambre bleue avec Nicole Kidman.

Après cette carrière remarquée au théâtre, il passe derrière la caméra et rencontre dès son premier film un succès international avec American Beauty en 1999, pour lequel il reçoit de nombreuses récompenses dont l'Oscar et le Golden Globe du meilleur réalisateur.

En 2006, Sam Mendes met en scène la comédie musicale Cabaret en Europe.

Sam Mendes dirige pour la première fois son épouse dans son quatrième film, Les Noces rebelles (2008), où Kate Winslet retrouve pour l'occasion ses partenaires de Titanic : Leonardo DiCaprio (meilleur ami de Kate) et Kathy Bates. En 2009, il réalise Away We Go, un film plus « indépendant » que ses précédentes réalisations.

En 2010, Sam Mendes se voit confier la réalisation du 23e volet des aventures de James Bond, Skyfall. Après un arrêt de la production en raison des problèmes financiers de la Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer qui finance le film, le projet est confirmé et le film sort en 2012. C'est un énorme succès mondial, aussi bien auprès du public, que de la critique. Sam Mendes est alors envisagé pour le film suivant. D'abord hésitant, il annonce finalement qu'il ne rempilera pas, préférant se concentrer sur ses projets théâtraux. En juillet 2013, il est pourtant confirmé comme réalisateur de 007 Spectre, qui sort en France le 10 novembre 2015.

En septembre 2016 il préside le jury international du 73e Festival de Venise. La comédienne anglaise Gemma Arterton en fait notamment partie. Elle et Mendes ont participé à des films James Bond.


Vie privée
Il a une relation avec l'actrice Rachel Weisz entre 1999 et 2001, future femme de l'acteur Daniel Craig, qu'il dirige en tant que James Bond.

Il est marié avec l'actrice britannique Kate Winslet de 2003 à 2010. Leur fils, Joe, naît le 22 décembre 2003. En 2010, le divorce entre Kate Winslet et le réalisateur Sam Mendes est prononcé et engagé à l'amiable en discrétion.

Il entame ensuite une relation avec Rebecca Hall.

Best films

Skyfall (2012)
(Director)
Spectre (2015)
(Director)
American Beauty (1999)
(Director)
Road to Perdition (2002)
(Director)
Revolutionary Road (2008)
(Director)
The Kite Runner (2007)
(Executive Producer)

Usually with

Thomas Newman
Thomas Newman
(6 films)
Albert Wolsky
Albert Wolsky
(3 films)
Roger Deakins
Roger Deakins
(3 films)
Daniel Craig
Daniel Craig
(3 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Sam Mendes (13 films)

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Director

Spectre
Spectre (2015)
, 2h28
Directed by Sam Mendes, Terence Young
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action, Adventure, Spy, Crime
Themes Films about children, Spy films, Films about terrorism
Actors Daniel Craig, Ben Whishaw, Ralph Fiennes, Léa Seydoux, Naomie Harris, Penélope Cruz
Rating67% 3.396383.396383.396383.396383.39638
On a mission in Mexico, unofficially ordered by the previous M, James Bond kills two men arranging to blow up a stadium; in doing so the building they are in explodes and collapses. Bond gives chase to Marco Sciarra, who survived the blast; Sciarra boards a helicopter to escape. Bond follows and in the ensuing struggle he throws both Sciarra and the pilot out of the helicopter, stealing Sciarra's octopus ring as he does so. On his return to London Bond is indefinitely taken off field duty by the current M, who is in the midst of a power struggle with C, the head of the Joint Intelligence Service, which consists of the recently merged MI5 and MI6. C also wants to create the "Nine Eyes" intelligence co-operation agreement between nine countries, and close down the '00' section in the process.
Skyfall
Skyfall (2012)
, 2h23
Directed by Sam Mendes
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Thriller, Action, Adventure, Spy
Themes Films about children, Spy films, Films about computing, Films about terrorism, Transport films, Rail transport films
Actors Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Bérénice Marlohe, Albert Finney
Rating77% 3.894183.894183.894183.894183.89418
In Istanbul the MI6 agents James Bond and Eve chase a mercenary, Patrice, who has stolen a computer hard drive containing details of undercover agents placed in terrorist organisations by NATO states. Patrice wounds Bond in the shoulder and, as the two men fight atop a train, M, the head of MI6, orders Eve to fire a distant shot with a rifle at Patrice; Eve misses and inadvertently shoots Bond, allowing Patrice to escape. Bond falls into a river and goes missing, presumed to be dead.
Away We Go
Away We Go (2009)
, 1h38
Directed by Sam Mendes
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romance
Themes Transport films, Films about automobiles, Road movies
Actors John Krasinski, Maya Rudolph, Jeff Daniels, Carmen Ejogo, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Josh Hamilton
Rating70% 3.5493.5493.5493.5493.549
Verona De Tessant (Maya Rudolph) and Burt Farlander (John Krasinski) are in their early thirties and struggling to meet daily needs and build fulfilling lives. When they learn they will soon become parents, they are confronted with the challenge of how – and where – to raise a child and build a happy family.
Revolutionary Road, 1h59
Directed by Sam Mendes
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Romance
Actors Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Michael Shannon, Dylan Baker, Christopher Fitzgerald, Ryan Simpkins
Rating72% 3.6481553.6481553.6481553.6481553.648155
In 1955, Frank Wheeler (Leonardo DiCaprio) meets April (Kate Winslet) at a party. He is a longshoreman, hoping to be a cashier; she wants to be an actress. Frank later secures a sales position with Knox Machines, for which his father worked for twenty years, and he and April marry. The Wheelers move to 115 Revolutionary Road in suburban Connecticut when April becomes pregnant.
Jarhead
Jarhead (2005)
, 2h3
Directed by Sam Mendes
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Action, Adventure, Historical
Themes Political films, Le désert, United States Armed Forces in films
Actors Jake Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard, Chris Cooper, Jamie Foxx, Lucas Black, Jacob Vargas
Rating69% 3.498513.498513.498513.498513.49851
In 1989, Anthony "Swoff" Swofford (Jake Gyllenhaal) attends or assists to U.S. Marine Corps training before being stationed at Camp Pendleton. Claiming that he joined the military because he "got lost on the way to college", Swofford finds his time at Camp Pendleton difficult, and struggles to make friends. While Swofford feigns illness to avoid his responsibilities, a "lifer", Marine Staff Sergeant Sykes (Jamie Foxx), takes note of his potential and orders Swofford to attend his Scout Sniper course.
Road to Perdition, 1h57
Directed by Sam Mendes
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Mob film, Action, Crime
Themes Mafia films, Transport films, Films about automobiles, Superhero films, L'Outfit de Chicago, Road movies, Super-héros inspiré de comics, Gangster films
Actors Tom Hanks, Tyler Lee Hoechlin, Paul Newman, Jude Law, Daniel Craig, Stanley Tucci
Rating76% 3.848463.848463.848463.848463.84846
Michael Sullivan Sr. (Hanks) is an enforcer for Irish mob boss John Rooney (Newman) in Rock Island, Illinois during the Great Depression. Rooney raised the orphan Sullivan and loves him more than his own biological son, the unstable Connor (Craig). Connor snaps and kills disgruntled associate Finn McGovern when meeting him with Sullivan, resulting in Sullivan gunning down McGovern's men. Sullivan's twelve-year-old son Michael Sullivan, Jr had hidden in his father's car and witnesses the event. Despite Sullivan swearing his son to secrecy and Rooney pressuring Connor to apologize for the reckless action, Connor murders Sullivan's wife Annie and younger son Peter, mistaking him for Sullivan, Jr. He then sends Sullivan to an ambush at a speakeasy but Sullivan realizes and escapes to Chicago with his son to seek Al Capone, for work and to discover the location of Connor, who has gone into hiding.
American Beauty, 2h2
Directed by Sam Mendes
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romance
Themes Films about families, Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related films, Films about virginity, LGBT-related film
Actors Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch, Wes Bentley, Mena Suvari, Chris Cooper
Rating83% 4.198774.198774.198774.198774.19877
Lester Burnham is a middle-aged magazine writer who despises his job. His wife, Carolyn, is an ambitious real estate broker; their sixteen-year-old daughter, Jane, abhors her parents and has low self-esteem. The Burnhams' new neighbors are retired United States Marine Corps Colonel Frank Fitts and his introverted wife, Barbara. Their teenage son, Ricky, obsessively films his surroundings with a camcorder, collecting hundreds of recordings on video tapes in his bedroom. He also secretly deals marijuana, using a job as a part-time bar caterer to help keep it secret from his father. Having been previously forced into a military academy and a psychiatric hospital, Ricky is subjected by Col. Fitts to a strict disciplinarian lifestyle. Jim Olmeyer and Jim Berkley, a gay couple who live nearby, welcome the family to the neighborhood; Col. Fitts later reveals his homophobia when angrily discussing the incident with Ricky.

Producer

Out of the Ashes, 1h26
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Documentary
Themes Sports films, Documentary films about sports
Roles Executive Producer
Rating70% 3.5229853.5229853.5229853.5229853.522985
Revolutionary Road, 1h59
Directed by Sam Mendes
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Romance
Actors Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Michael Shannon, Dylan Baker, Christopher Fitzgerald, Ryan Simpkins
Roles Producer
Rating72% 3.6481553.6481553.6481553.6481553.648155
In 1955, Frank Wheeler (Leonardo DiCaprio) meets April (Kate Winslet) at a party. He is a longshoreman, hoping to be a cashier; she wants to be an actress. Frank later secures a sales position with Knox Machines, for which his father worked for twenty years, and he and April marry. The Wheelers move to 115 Revolutionary Road in suburban Connecticut when April becomes pregnant.
Things We Lost in the Fire, 1h58
Directed by Susanne Bier
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about drugs
Actors Halle Berry, Benicio del Toro, David Duchovny, Alison Lohman, John Carroll Lynch, Robin Weigert
Roles Producer
Rating71% 3.5986253.5986253.5986253.5986253.598625
Audrey Burke (Halle Berry) and her warm and loving husband Brian (David Duchovny) have been happily married 11 years; they have a 10-year-old daughter named Harper (Alexis Llewellyn) and a 6-year-old son named Dory (Micah Berry). Jerry Sunborne (Benicio del Toro) is a heroin addict who has been Brian’s close friend since childhood.
The Kite Runner, 2h8
Directed by Marc Forster
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Films about immigration, Films about terrorism, Political films
Actors Khalid Abdalla, Ahmad Khan Mahmoodzada, Homayoun Ershadi, Shaun Toub, Atossa Leoni, Saïd Taghmaoui
Roles Executive Producer
Rating75% 3.798533.798533.798533.798533.79853
The film opens with an Afghan-American writer Amir Qadiri (Khalid Abdalla) and his wife, Soraya (Atossa Leoni), who are watching children flying kites at a bayside park. When they arrive home, Amir finds waiting for him packages of his new novel, A Season for Ashes, which has just been published. Soraya refers to the book as Amir’s “baby,” hinting at the couple’s inability to have a child of their own. Amir then receives an unexpected call from an old friend of his father’s, Rahim Khan (Shaun Toub), who is living in Peshawar, Pakistan.
Starter for 10, 1h32
Directed by Tom Vaughan
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romance
Actors James McAvoy, Alice Eve, Rebecca Hall, Dominic Cooper, James Corden, Catherine Tate
Roles Executive producer
Rating66% 3.348853.348853.348853.348853.34885
In 1985, Brian Jackson is a first-year university student and information sponge. Since his working-class childhood in Southend-on-Sea, Brian has loved the TV quiz show University Challenge, whose famous catchphrase—"Your starter for 10"—gives the film its title. Soon after arriving at Bristol University, Brian attends a party where he meets the politically conscious Rebecca, with which he seems to have an instant connection. Brian attempts to join their University Challenge team but narrowly fails to secure a spot when he helps another potential candidate, Alice, cheat on the qualifying test. Brian falls for the glamorous Alice and tries to date her, despite her multiple signals that she only sees him as a platonic friend. As the term starts, Brian is invited to join the University Challenge team after one of the other members falls ill. The captain of the team, Patrick Watts, is a stuck-up post-grad who has managed to remain team captain despite never having achieved success on University Challenge. Brian immediately impresses the rest of the team with his wealth of trivia knowledge and uses his time with the team to get closer to Alice, eventually getting invited to her house for Christmas vacation. Unfortunately, Brian embarrasses himself in front of her family by getting stoned while trying to impress Alice. He returns to campus to spend the rest of his vacation and meets back up with Rebecca. They once again hit it off, but as they are hooking up, he inadvertently calls her "Alice", offending her and ruining the moment. Following his romantic failures, he talks with Spencer, his friend from back home who informs him that he is in legal trouble due to his criminal pursuits. Brian invites him to campus for a party before he has to face the judge.
Jarhead
Jarhead (2005)
, 2h3
Directed by Sam Mendes
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War, Action, Adventure, Historical
Themes Political films, Le désert, United States Armed Forces in films
Actors Jake Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard, Chris Cooper, Jamie Foxx, Lucas Black, Jacob Vargas
Roles Producer
Rating69% 3.498513.498513.498513.498513.49851
In 1989, Anthony "Swoff" Swofford (Jake Gyllenhaal) attends or assists to U.S. Marine Corps training before being stationed at Camp Pendleton. Claiming that he joined the military because he "got lost on the way to college", Swofford finds his time at Camp Pendleton difficult, and struggles to make friends. While Swofford feigns illness to avoid his responsibilities, a "lifer", Marine Staff Sergeant Sykes (Jamie Foxx), takes note of his potential and orders Swofford to attend his Scout Sniper course.