Director Rob Nilsson made the mistake of taking audience questions after a screening tonight of his new drama, Imbued.  Nilsson had just explained his directorial intention to not spell everything out in the film, to make viewers draw their own conclusions.  What did the screening audience think of his movie?, Nilsson asked.

A woman in the back piped up and asked him why the main actors (Stacy Keach and Liz Sklar) had to be naked at the end of the film.  Why, she wanted to know, had Nilsson made his movie from the “typical” male point of view?  Since we never actually see Keach’s nudity, but the camera does linger on a fully nude Sklar, I assumed the woman was taking issue with the objectification of the young actress. Nilsson, clearly taken aback by her question, said something about trying to show the “beauty” of both characters.

Imbued is all about characters — just the two of them.  Keach plays Donatello, an aging bookie who through chance winds up spending the night with Lydia (Sklar), a high-end call girl.  (Here’s a separate issue the lady in the audience could have objected to:  yet another greying actor — Keach is 69 — romantically paired with a much younger actress.)  Donatello and Lydia verbally joust, push emotional buttons, and eventually bare more than just their bodies.

The proceedings aren’t as dull as that description might suggest.  The story, set against some stunning skyline shots of San Francisco at night, unfolds at a leisurely pace, but this is an actors’ movie, and Keach and Sklar are absorbing throughout.  With or without their clothes.         Grade:  B-




Director:  Rob Nilsson  Cast:  Stacy Keach, Liz Sklar, Michelle Anton Allen, Nancy Bower  Release:  2010


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  1. Liz May 29, 2011 3:28 am  Reply

    Hi there, I am Liz sklar. Though I definitely appreciate your comments about the film Imbued, I would also very much appreciate it if you would remove the still image of me nude from your blog post. It is not necessary, in my opinion, to convey your point and my intention with the work on this film was not to have my body be displayed out of context on the Internet. Thank you for your consideration.


    No need to post this entry just please remove the still image.

  2. Liz Sklar June 23, 2014 10:44 pm  Reply

    Hi There,

    My name is Liz Sklar. I am the actress from the film Imbued. I came across your article and was taken aback to see that you had posted several pictures taken directly from the film (not press photos) of me nude. I kindly request that you take them off your site. I did not participate in the film with the intent of having photographs of my body on the internet. Those pictures were not approved for this use by me or the director. I am a professional actor and a drama teacher of young children and would not like these photos to be a part of my pubic image. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.


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