"The movie business is macabre. Grotesque.
It is a combination of a football game
and a brothel."
-- Federico Fellini
Mar 102016

photo for The Lady in the Van Alan Bennett’s big-screen comedic adaptation of his own iconic memoir and honored stage play. Bennett’s story is based on the true story of Miss Shepherd (Maggie Smith), a woman of uncertain origins who “temporarily” parked her van in Bennett’s London driveway and proceeded to live there for 15 years. What begins as a begrudged favor becomes a relationship that will change both their lives. Filmed on the street and in the house where Bennett and Miss Shepherd lived all those years, acclaimed director Nicholas Hytner reunites with Bennett (“The Madness of King George,” “The History Boys”) to bring this poignant and life-affirming story to the screen. Vitals: Director: Nicholas Hytner. Stars: Maggie Smith, Alex Jennings, James Corden, Dominic Cooper, Jim Broadbent. 2015, CC, MPAA rating: PG-13, 104 min., Comedy-Drama, Box office gross: $8.054 million, Sony. Extras: “Playing The Lady: Maggie Smith as Miss Shepherd,” deleted scenes, “The Making of The Lady in the Van,” “The Visual Effects,” commentary with director Nicholas Hytner. 3 stars
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