Filmmaker Sam Mendes complains: “Nobody saw my film”
Filmmaker Sam Mendes accuses
“Nobody has seen my film”
Only a few viewers want to see Sam Mendes’ latest work “Empire of Lights” in the cinema. Now the star director has vented his anger.
The Oscar-winning filmmaker Sam Mendes (57) vented his anger in an interview. What upsets the director of cult films like “American Beauty” or “James Bond 007: Skyfall” is the lack of interest in his latest film “Empire of Light”. “Nobody saw him. The cinema is in real trouble!”, the Brit is quoted as saying by the “Daily Mail”..
It’s not just the steadily declining numbers of cinema-goers that do that Sam Mendes To care. It would become increasingly difficult for many, smaller film productions to hold their own against the few blockbusters at the box office. Even if the number of visitors has almost risen back to the level before the Covid pandemic over the course of the last year, the number would only refer to just under 25 Hollywood productions and not to several hundred.
This means that the smaller films, which already have a harder time on the market, are left behind. A fate that befell his latest work “Empire of Light”. “This film is 10 times harder to release and receives 10 times more criticism than a Bond film,” Sam Mendes said. The director advocates paying less money at the box office for smaller productions in order to promote these projects as well.
James Cameron demands: “Enough with the streaming!”
But it’s not just the death of cinema that upsets the filmmaker. “People think we can stay at home and see it on our streaming service in three or four weeks, or even right away, in the case of a Netflix film or a film from Apple,” he criticizes viewer behavior and doesn’t agree with that alone. “We say as a society: We need this! We have to go to the cinema!” Said “Titanic” director James Cameron (68). in conversation with “Variety” adding, “Enough with the streaming! I’m tired of sitting on my ass”. Despite the criticism, Cameron’s film “Avatar 2” is enjoying great success in cinemas. After its fourth weekend in global theaters, “Avatar: The Way of Water” has grossed $1.708 billion.
According to Mendes, in addition to his own film work, other top films have received little attention in the cinemas. “In a world where no one went to see her in Spielberg’s film, in Damien Chazelle’s film and Alejandro Inarritu’s film, in James Gray’s film, all I can say is she’s clearly in trouble,” concludes Sam Mendes.