I wanted it to seem like he was blurting it out of his mouth without thinking. American Beauty Star — 5. The monotony of Lester's existence is established through his gray, nondescript workplace and characterless clothing. Views Read Edit View history. Turan suggested that American Beauty may have benefited from Mendes' inexperience, as his "anything's possible daring" made him attempt beats that more seasoned directors might have avoided.
On the cusp of having sex with Angela, he returns to himself after she admits her virginity.
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Audible Download Audio Books. Although the plot spans one year, the film is narrated by Lester at the moment of his death. Spacey and Cooper previously co-starred in A Time to Kill This is actually much closer to me, to what I am, than those other parts. Lester becomes infatuated with Jane's vain cheerleader friend, Angela Hayes, after seeing her perform a half-time dance routine at a high school basketball game. Mendes' dominating visual style was deliberate and composed, with a minimalist design that provided "a sparse, almost surreal feeling—a bright, crisp, hard edged, near Magritte -like take on American suburbia"; Mendes constantly directed his set dressers to empty the frame.