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.
Summary: Does Glenn Close secretly hate Meryl Streep? Streep has assumed the mantle of her generation's most celebrated actress, a title made all the more obvious (as if it weren't already) by Streep eclipsing Close (and three others) in the Best Actress Oscar sweepstakes this past year. But had Streep not come along, it's at least arguable that Close would be regularly acclaimed as her generation's most celebrated actress, and in some ways Close's achievements are even more...
Excerpt: Albert Nobbs is a haunting film that contains a great performance from Glenn Close ( Dangerous Liaisons ) that won much praise from critics. It was a passion project for the actress ever since she first performed the role on stage in 1982, which was when she decided she wanted to turn it into a feature film. Back then she won an Obie for her portrayal, and thirty years later she was nominated for a Golden Globe as well as an Academy Award.
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. Lionsgate's Blu-ray is a lot lighter on extras than you'd expect and hope, but the feature presentation is stunning and practically flawless. Though not worthy of Oscar wins, it is worthy of an open-minded look.
Conclusion: Based on the short novella by Irish realist George Moore, 'Albert Nobbs' is a period drama about women struggling to survive in the male-dominated, morally-staunch Victorian period. Although the film doesn't finish with the sort of emotional impact it probably aimed for, the brilliant performances of Glenn Close and Janet McTeer make it a worthwhile, memorable watch.
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. He dreams of owning a shop--a tobacconist's, perhaps, with a parlor in the back for tea and a girl working the counter. Ah yes, a girl. A wife. That's where it gets complicated.
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. But the title character of Albert Nobbs —a waiter in an upscale Irish hotel in the late 19th century—is actually a woman passing as a man.
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. That sounds a little more light-hearted than the film really is though, as it’s not set in late 20th Century Hollywood but grim 19th Century Ireland and Nobbs’ deception stems from a basic need to survive.