Feb 09, 2020 · Consider how American Beauty privileges his schlub hero Lester’s desires while mocking his wife, Carolyn’s (Annette Bening). His acquisition of a dream car and dream date is poignant grist for ...
- Walter Chaw
Mendes and Hall were in a relationship from 2011 to 2013. Mendes married trumpeter Alison Balsom in January 2017. Their daughter Phoebe was born in September 2017. Mendes was appointed a Knight Bachelor in the 2020 New Years Honours List for services to drama. Mendes is an opponent of Brexit.
- Director, producer, writer
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Oct 01, 1999 · Directed by Sam Mendes. With Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch, Wes Bentley. A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter's best friend.
- Sam Mendes
Oct 15, 2020 · Annette Bening on the cover of W Magazine April 3, 1992. When the actress reached the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, Bill Ball, who ran the program, became another mentor of hers.
- Maxine Wally
This was easily to be 1999's best movie. The debut feature from director Sam Mendes, still stands firmly as one of his greatest achievements, it was also to bring him an immediate oscar for best director. Kevin Spacey and Annette Bening are the driving forces in a movie that was also to take the crown for best picture.
Jan 31, 2020 · Sam Mendes on the set of 1999’s 'American Beauty,' which went on to win five Oscars including best picture and best director. ... then 20), his philandering realtor wife (Bening, then 41) and ...
In a standout cast that includes Annette Bening and Chris Cooper, Spacey is especially moving: Normally an intelligent but distant actor, his Lester is in dead earnest as he whips himself up into a new man while his marriage crumbles. Bening brings sympathy to her role as Lester's tightly wound wife, a struggling realtor.
- Sam Mendes
- Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch
American Beauty is a 1999 American black comedy-drama film written by Alan Ball and directed by Sam Mendes. Kevin Spacey stars as Lester Burnham, an advertising executive who has a midlife crisis when he becomes infatuated with his teenage daughter's best friend, played by Mena Suvari.
Jan 22, 2000 · Annette Bening, on the other hand, "is on her Walkman half-an-hour before the cameras roll, cutting off the set, focused down, listening to music that the character would listen to".
Mar 22, 2016 · He implodes his sham of a marriage to his cheating wife (Annette Bening), leaves his dead-end job, and becomes infatuated with his daughter’s (Thora Birch) best friend (Mena Suvari). Sam Mendes’s...