Up on today’s “Lass is More,” we have a few thoughts about “The Lady in the Van.” The movie is based on the real experiences of Alan Bennett, feature a screenplay by Alan Bennett, and have not one but two Alan Bennetts within the tale. Oh, sure, there’s Maggie Smith too, and she plays the lady in the van herself, but I’m much more concerned with the Bennetts.
Or, maybe I’m not concerned with the Bennetts. Maybe, I’m concerned about what the Bennetts have to say about me, what they tell me about myself.
You see, “The Lady in the Van” has the Alan Bennett who lives life and the Alan Bennett who writes about the Alan Bennett who lives the life. It is an utterly fascinating separation, a dueling duality.
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