Excerpt: Based on Istvan Szabo's treatment of George Moore's story, Albert Nobbs has finally made its way to the screen through the efforts of actress Glenn Close and directed by Rodrigo Garcia, some 30 years after it first opened off Broadway in 1982.
Conclusion: While Albert Nobbs cannot reach the high standards to which we hold award bait period fare, its curious, human tale with far-reaching implications still manages to make a lasting impression on you.
Excerpt: "Such a kind little man," says the hotel guest, of Albert Nobbs (Glenn Close), the headwaiter. Prim and proper, Albert is quiet, introverted, hard-working. He's also a woman, masquerading as this man for decades, stashing away every pence he's earned.
Excerpt: Say this for Albert Nobbs : It’s not some run-of-the-mill “life lived in service” drama. Between Downton Abbey and the revival of Upstairs Downstairs , the market has been pretty well cornered on stories of men and women who spend their lives feeding and dressing the rich.
Conclusion: Though it takes place a generation or so before the events of Downton Abbey , fans of that British television series may well find Albert Nobbs fascinating in terms of its portrayal of class differences, even if none of the characters quite rises to the Grantham level of the landed gentry.
Summary: Glenn Close has been trying to get this on to the big screen for decades since playing the titular character on stage in 1982, and finally she’s managed to go full Tootsie as Albert Nobbs, a woman who cross-dresses to get ahead in life.