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Gay Ally Glenn Close Brings Us Albert Nobbs

By Charlotte Robinson, January 24, 2012
Glenn Close first played Albert Nobbs 30 years ago off-Broadway. This is a labor of love for Glenn who stars, produced & has writer credits in this exceptional must-see film. ALBERT NOBBS is based on a short story about a woman living as a man & working as a male butler in a semi-posh hotel in order to survive in 19th century Ireland. Close's performance is amazing. Every moment of the performance is perfection. Some 30 years after donning men's clothing as an act of survival, she finds herself trapped in a prison of her invention. Albert dreams of a better life as a shopkeeper. Albert keeps these ideas to herself until the arrival of a brash painter named Hubert shakes up her world. Hubert turns out to be also a woman disguising herself as a man, played by Janet McTeer in a riveting Oscar nominated performance. Close is also nominated for an Oscar. The movie totally delivers a slice of gay life in the 19th century that makes us appreciate where our LGBT community is today & how much more work needs to be done to reach full equality. The film is beautifully directed by Rodrigo Garcia & opens on January 27th. Exclusive Chat with Dustin Lance Black, Oscar Winning screenwriter for MILK & the new critically-acclaimed film J. EDGAR, talks about his play “8” based on the Prop 8 Trial @ OUTTAKE VOICES™ Hear Audio Interviews w/ LGBT Leaders @OUTTAKE VOICES™ Support Our Vision @ OUTTAKE™ EQUALITY STORE...:) View Our Historic Short Trailer on Gay Marriage


Sylvia said...

Albert Nobbs stands out because it is a film about a quiet person, who doesn't have dashing good looks, or great wealth or some extraordinary gift. The main character is not challenged to perform some exceptional task that will save hundreds of lives or change the world. This isn't a film about sex either. This film is about someone who dreams of obtaining the ordinary - a home and some one to love and the realization that this dream might be possible. In this film the audience is led to value those that must work at mundane jobs to survive, and care for those who have wrinkles, spots and crooked noses above those that are rich or young and beautiful. In the beginning of the film we are introduced to Albert Nobbs who has suppressed emotion and the self and is the perfect waiter, diligent, subservient and always thoughtful to the needs of the guests. Though this lack of humanity creates a difference and therefore a distance between Albert and everyone one else. Through a meeting with the house painter Mr Page, Albert Nobbs begins to dare to hope for a different life.

Jan said...

I like that Charlotte characterizes Albert Nobbs' choice to pass as a means of survival, and I like Sylvia's depiction of Albert Nobbs as quiet. The film is both quiet and loud, and the more I contemplate it, the more I am haunted by its simplicity. The choices of gender and the subtleties of living lies or living truths are so beautifully played out in this film. Thanks, Charlotte, for posting about it. I am very curious to see how others view this film in the coming weeks.

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