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    The perceived wisdom is that people do not go in large numbers to black-and-white movies anymore - which is a great shame, but I'd love to make a black-and-white movie one day.
    — Sam Mendes
    tags: people  shame  movie  wisdom 
     
    Politicizing of kids starts with pregnancy, of course. You shouldn't be drinking wine. You can't be smoking, either. The poor woman is poked and prodded and touched and obsessed over.
    — Sam Mendes
    tags: women  poor  drinking  kids 
     
    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.
    — Sam Mendes
    You just never know when movies are going to take off or not. The lucky thing about this was that it didn't cost a lot of money, and therefore there wasn't loads of pressure on me.
    — Sam Mendes
    tags: movie  money 
     
    I am not a master-class director. I am not a teacher. I am a coach. I dont have a methodology. Each actor is different. And on the film set, you have to be next to them all.
    — Sam Mendes
    tags: film 
     
    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.
    — Sam Mendes
    tags: believe  movie 
     
    Learn to say, "I don't know the answer." It could be the beginning of a very good day's rehearsal.
    — Sam Mendes
    tags: learn 
     
    Actors get pigeonholed very quickly, particularly movie actors. In the theater, one is more used to casting people against type and trusting that their talent and skill will get them through.
    — Sam Mendes
    tags: people  talent  movie 
     
    I think movies are a director's medium in the end. Theater is the actor's medium. Theater is fast, and enjoyable, and truly rewarding. I believe in great live performance.
    — Sam Mendes
    tags: live  believe  movie  media 
     
    I've directed bits of action and so I know that it's long and it's very detailed. Editing action is a good deal more exciting than shooting action. Shooting action is very, very meticulous, it's increments, tiny little pieces.
    — Sam Mendes
    tags: action 
     
    The joy of a road movie is its very simple narrative nature, which is that you know you're going to go through different places and you're going to meet new people. At the same time, you have to not make it feel too obvious and too crudely episodic.
    — Sam Mendes
    tags: time  nature  people  joy  movie 
     
    There have been screenwriters who I'm sure would gladly kill me, because I've been very fast and loose with their work, because I felt like it wasn't up to my high standards. I would push and pull it on set, and make changes all the time. But then when you're working with an original screenplay, my theater instincts kick in, and I suddenly become very keeper-of-the-words.
    — Sam Mendes
    tags: time  work  standard  instinct 
     
    I suppose once in a while, a filmmaker makes a movie that's more than just a sum of its parts, more than good acting or good filmmaking. It's something else that has nothing to do with what you've done. This is in 1999, made by people in 1999 for people in 1999 about people in 1999.
    — Sam Mendes
    tags: people  movie 
     
    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.
    — Sam Mendes
    tags: work 
     
    I don't think good and evil are polarized.
    — Sam Mendes
    tags: evil 
     
    You think about taking audiences on a journey.
    — Sam Mendes
    tags: journey 
     
    I wanted to keep exploring... I'm not about to choose a series of movies in which I can use the same bag of tricks and style that I used in the first film.
    — Sam Mendes
    tags: movie  film 
     
    I want to inspire, and be inspired.
    — Sam Mendes
    tags: inspire 
     
    The movies that influenced me were movies that told their stories through pictures more than words.
    — Sam Mendes
    tags: movie  stories 
     
    You've got to work. You've got to want an audience to sit forward in their chairs sometimes, rather than sit back and be bombarded with images.
    — Sam Mendes
    tags: work 
     
    Truly great actors carry their characters in silence with them. They communicate without words the relationships that predate the movie.
    — Sam Mendes
    The characters are trapped within the lifestyle. It's about what goes on before the movie starts.
    — Sam Mendes
    The importance of rehearsal is maybe you want to talk about how the scene's going to be designed, how it's going to be staged, all of those things. It's all about preparation, and deciding what mutually you don't want to do, rather than necessarily what you do.
    — Sam Mendes
    Confidence is essential, but ego is not.
    — Sam Mendes
    tags: ego  confidence 
     
    Directing Skyfall was one of the best experiences of my professional life, but I have theatre and other commitments, including productions of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory and King Lear, that need my complete focus over the next year and beyond.
    — Sam Mendes
    Listen, you make a big movie, you're going into the Coliseum, and people are going to give you the thumbs up or the thumbs down. And that's part of the game. It's part of the fun as well.
    — Sam Mendes
    tags: people  fun  movie  games 
     
    If you lived through the shooting of Jaws, you can live through anything.
    — Sam Mendes
    tags: live 
     
    I like throwing snowballs at small children.
    — Sam Mendes
    tags: children  child 
     
    You freeze with the number of opportunities given to you and just decide to do nothing at all.
    — Sam Mendes
    Shooting action is very, very meticulous, it's increments, tiny little pieces.
    — Sam Mendes
    tags: action 
     
    One movie is only one movie. I want to have a lifetime of making films.
    — Sam Mendes
    tags: movie  film 
     
    I feel like the American years were my apprenticeship for doing a Bond movie.
    — Sam Mendes
    tags: movie  american  year 
     
    I want to try and work in different genres with different types of actors, on small movies and big movies.
    — Sam Mendes
    tags: work  movie 
     
    For me, certain shots or scenes are keys in the movie.
    — Sam Mendes
    tags: key  movie 
     
    As a first-time director in America, I feel I've been very fortunate.
    — Sam Mendes
    tags: america 
     
    Kevin and Annette... I wanted them to do it together. They clearly wanted to work with each other.
    — Sam Mendes
    tags: work 
     
    Now Im back home, living in London, running my theater. I just want to enjoy all that.
    — Sam Mendes
    tags: living  running 
     
    Thank God I don't live in Los Angeles. I think if you're there the whole time it just gets out of proportion and you lose touch completely with reality.
    — Sam Mendes
    tags: time  reality  live  god 
     
    When I drive through a field, I want to see green grass sometimes, and I don't want to see black and white.
    — Sam Mendes
    tags: black 
     
    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.
    — Sam Mendes
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