Cate Blanchett has come under fire for her Golden Globe-winning role in the new movie Tar.
The 53-year-old Australian-born Hollywood star plays Lydia Tarr, who, in the film’s plot, rises to become the first-ever female conductor of a German orchestra.
While many condemned the critically acclaimed film as “misogynist”, because Blanchett’s character was exposed as a narcissistic bully, Blanchett defended her.
Cate Blanchett came under fire for her Golden Globe-winning role in the new film Tár Pictured: The Aussie Hollywood star took to the red carpet to attend the film’s premiere in London earlier this month. Blanchett plays a manipulative leader in the film
The glamorous blonde described the film, directed by Todd Field, as “very provocative” in an interview with BBC Radio 4, reprinted in The Australian.
Real-life orchestra conductor Maren Alsop appeared to condemn the film as “misogynistic”.
She is one of the best female leaders in the world, said Marin, 66 Australian Friday: “To have the opportunity to portray a woman in this role as to make her offensive is heartbreaking to me.”
Blanchett said that Alsop was entitled to her opinion and that she had great respect for the conductor, and called the film “a mediation of power and strength that has nothing to do with sex”.
Now real-life orchestra conductor Maren Alsop has appeared to denounce the critically acclaimed film as ‘anti-woman’, because Blanchett’s character is revealed to be a narcissistic bully in Picture: Alsop Being in New York in 2021
The star continued, “It’s a meditation….on the corrupting nature of power, and I think that doesn’t necessarily only happen in cultural circles.”
Blanchett has also distanced herself from any accusation that he used the movie Alsop or any other female lead as the basis for her character.
“He could also have been a chief architect or head of a major banking institution,” Tarr says.
‘To have the opportunity to portray a woman in this role to make her offensive, to me it’s heartbreaking,’ Marin, 66, who is one of the world’s finest female leaders, told The Australian on Friday. Pictured: Blanchett in a scene from Tar
I looked at many different conductors, but I also looked at novelists, visual artists, and musicians of all stripes. It’s a very non-literal movie.
American-born Alsop, who is currently the award-winning music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and principal conductor of the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, said the film should disturb all women and all feminists.
She said, “It’s not about the leaders, is it?”. “It’s about women as leaders in our society.”
Although the film depicts a fictional character, Alsop’s name is mentioned within the first 30 minutes—New York Times critic Zachary Wolf asserted that the film is “clearly” based on the real-life conductor.
But Blanchett defended the film, which was directed by Todd Field, saying the film was “extremely provocative” in an interview with BBC Radio 4, reprinted in The Australian.
Talking to Sunday timesAlsop notes several similarities between her and Tár, including that they were both protégés of Leonard Bernstein, were both lesbians, and both taught at the conservatory.
When Alsop first heard about the film, she said she had misgivings about the portrayal of the female maestro.
‘As soon as I saw that I was no longer concerned,’ she said, ‘I was insulted: I was insulted as a woman, I was insulted as a conductor, I was insulted as a lesbian.
Blanchett says Tarr is about “power.” Pictured with Leonardo DiCaprio in The Aviator. Blanchett won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role as Katharine Hepburn
Blanchett is expected to win her second Best Actress Oscar for the role.
The blonde beauty won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 2004 for Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator.
In 2013, the star received an Oscar for Best Actress for her role in the comedy-drama Blue Jasmine directed by Woody Allen.
Tár opens in Australian cinemas January 26