The Day the Music Died….

November 22, 2015 at 8:54 pm 1 comment


At a time when the West is holding its breath, while rattling its nuclear sabres, as Brussels is in lockdown and Paris and Beirut are in mourning following horrendous terrorist attacks, it was a relief to find a gentile tranquility in the exquisite little cinema of Curzon Knutsford.

As part of C’s birthday celebration, we went to see The Lady in the Van.

Spectre it wasn’t. Star Wars it isn’t. And it lacks the political intrigue and tension of Bridge of Spies. OK, I have only seen one of those movies but I think that the ground I am on is safe.

The Lady in the Van is a period piece based on a true story and set in Camden, London in the 1970s and 80s.

It begins with a murder (not) and is a tale of Communists exploiting the literary gay scene of the capital; of police corruption; of nuns cast aside to live homeless on the streets of London. And, as Don McLean foretold, of a dystopian future/past in which the music died.

Starring James Corden and a Robin Reliant, this film is better than both cinematic heavyweights, Noah and Mad Max.

C and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

The experience was made even more special as we were surrounded by Cheshire’s blue rinse brigade.

We were the youngest there by a good twenty years.

The atmosphere was a heady mix of germaline and, aptly, talcum powder. Our viewing interrupted only by the occasional rustle of a colostomy bag and a Werther’s Original being gummed during a particularly tense or moving scene.

Loved it. Go and see it!


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  • 1. bookvolunteer  |  November 22, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    We loved it too. Maggie Smith was wonderful. Stupidly I forget to check if it was on in Knutsford and went to see it at (the) HOME in Manchester instead. Must remember to check what’s on in Knutsford in future.



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