"I want to try and work in different genres with different types of actors, on small movies and big movies."
"Film spectators are quiet vampires."Sam Mendes on Jim Morrison
"Am I a romantic? I've seen 'Wuthering Heights' ten times. I'm a romantic."Sam Mendes on Johnny Depp
"You know what your problem is, it's that you haven't seen enough movies - all of life's riddles are answered in the movies."Sam Mendes on Steve Martin
"This film cost $31 million. With that kind of money I could have invaded some country."Sam Mendes on Clint Eastwood
"Movies can and do have tremendous influence in shaping young lives in the realm of entertainment towards the ideals and objectives of normal adulthood."Sam Mendes on Walt Disney
"I've made movies that cost less than one car chase."
"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."
"I don't think of it as a competition - which might surprise you, given the way movies are reported constantly."
"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."
"The movies that influenced me were movies that told their stories through pictures more than words."
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