NCFC Screens: 'Mrs. Henderson Presents'

Sunday, March 3 2013
3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

UltraStar Mission MarketPlace Theater
431 College Blvd.
Oceanside, CA

The North County Film Club Rolls: Screens: Mrs. Henderson Presents
Sunday, March 3, Beginning at 3 pm.

(2005) Comedy English

Laura Henderson buys an old London theater and opens it up as the Windmill, a performance hall which goes down in history for, among other things, its all-nude revues. Nominated for 2 Oscars with 6 wins & 25 nominations at film festivals.

Review Summary

"Mrs. Henderson Presents," a period British comedy laced with a dash of tragedy and straining with uplift, was inspired by true events. Beginning in the 1930's and continuing through the early part of World War II, the film tracks the history of the famous Windmill Theater in London after it was given new life by a bored widow of means named Laura Henderson. Mrs. Henderson, played by Dame Judi Dench with her familiar mixture of starch and twee, swept the Victorian cobwebs out of the Windmill, located right off Piccadilly Circus, by conceiving of shows featuring live nude girls tastefully arranged, of course. Mrs. Henderson was assisted in her campaign to take the full monty to the London boards by a pugnacious stage manager, Vivian Van Damm (Bob Hoskins, who helped produce the film). Apparently, Van Damm's Dutch Jewish heritage both amused and intrigued Mrs. Henderson. A strange partnership is born, along with a wafer-thin pretext for a feature-length film. The director, Stephen Frears, keeps things moving at a nice clip and doesn't tarry long during the story's side trips into the maudlin, but neither does he try to put much personality into the proceedings. Manohla Dargis

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