Cate Blanchett defends ‘Tar’ against the symphony conductor’s criticism


Vitriolic critique of the film by renowned conductor Marin Alsop tar has elicited a response from the film’s star, Cate Blanchett.

Speaking to TBEN Radio 4 on Thursday, Blanchett snapped back at Alsop, who told The Sunday Times earlier this week that tar, a story about a world-famous conductor facing allegations of sexual misconduct involving female victims is “anti-woman.”

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“I was offended: I was offended as a woman, I was offended as a conductor, I was offended as a lesbian,” Alsop told British media. “Getting the chance to portray a woman in that role and turn her into an abuser — to me, that was heartbreaking.”

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Alsop is mentioned in the film, and The Sunday Times has noted that she bears some similarities to Blanchett’s character.

Blanchett said of the film, “It’s a meditation on power, and power is genderless.” She said the movie is designed to spark conversation and that her character is “entirely fictional.”

“I’ve looked at so many different conductors, but I’ve also looked at novelists and visual artists and musicians of all stripes,” said Blanchett. “It’s a very non-literal movie.”

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Blanchett said a man could not have captured the nuance of the “corruptive nature” of power.

“I think power is a corrupting force, regardless of one’s gender. I think it affects us all,” she said.

Blanchett has won a Golden Globe for her acting tarwhich is a strong contender for the Oscars.

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