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Posh meets prole in this period drama elegantly directed by Stephen Frears (Dangerous Liaisons, Prick Up Your Ears). In Depression-era London a headstrong widowed aristocrat (Judi Dench) turns impresario, renovating Soho's vacant Windmill Theatre and hiring an innovative producer (Bob Hoskins) to run it. When their initial success staging musical revues around the clock fades, she hits upon the idea of showcasing working-class lovelies in nude tableaux. Dench crackles as the feisty dowager who finds love and true calling late in life; her bons mots and trenchant ripostes come courtesy of writer Martin Sherman (Bent, The Boy From Oz), who reaches beyond nostalgia to riff on the relationship between commerce and art and on the transcendent power of beauty. R, 103 min.

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