Mrs Henderson Presents

November 23, 2013 at 1:05 am | Posted in DVD Review, Film Review, Show Review | Leave a comment
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I watched the DVD of Mrs Henderson Presents the other day and was surprised at how modern things were during the late 30’s.

The story is based on the real Mrs Henderson, who really did buy a un-used theatre and put on nude revues, starting before World War II, going all the way through WWII, and beyond. In the period covered by the film, the girls – ‘all of good character’ – were not allowed to move! still: art; movement: lurid! Oh and Mrs Henderson funded what became the Royal Ballet! as her theatre needed dancers!! (I suspect she saw it and the revue as a way to channel her considerable wealth into a neglected segment of society when money was short and times were hard for women.)

Dame Judy Dench is Mrs Henderson, and Bob Hoskins is Vivian Van Damm – the much put upon theatre manager she hires. Kelly Reilly is Maureen – the first of the girls hired by Vivian. The three have some nice chemistry and the film progresses smoothly from there.

There is quite a bit of nudity: but it is mainly art !

It is a nice period piece that give a reasonably accurate view of life in the 30’s and 40’s. Worth getting the DVD out.


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