The story goes on to relate the probems inherent in staging nude tableaux, including finding performers who are willing to appear nude, not having done it before. Henderson and Van Damm knock heads in a number of fashions over the course of the story, friction partly brought on by Mrs. Henderson's discovery that age has not yet deadened her to passion. With the advent of war, the Windmill goes from being a scandalous entertainment to a patriotic enterprise, supporting "the boys" morale in a way the governments are usually too stuffy to acknowlege is needed.
This is a beautiful, sweet, sentimental, and mostly funny story, based on true events, and it is a miserable shame that our uptight stupid society will insist on it getting an R rating, which means it will be restricted to art-house release, at least in the US. Of course, the reason is nudity, most of it female, (although there is one brief hilarious scene involving some full-frontal male)and most of it breasts. The film, as Mrs. Henderson promised the Lord Chancellor, is very canny at using lighting and angle to obscure the "female parts." On the other hand, there are a LOT of breasts. I've never been sure if the Joe-Bob Briggs metric on this subject is per actress or per scene, but if it is per scene, then this film must be second only to "Caligula" for number of breasts on screen. That said, all the nudity IS tasteful, and seeing how the producers work a nude tableaux into everything from sweet sappy love songs to patriotic anthems is a hoot and a half.
The script is chiefly a star vehicle for Dench and Hoskins, and they are not in the least upstaged by the youthful pulchritude on display. Dench is particularly fine, including a touching scene in which she strikes poses to her boudoir mirror, imagining herself as a nude artiste. Hoskins as the blustery Van Damm is more one-note, but if this film got into wider distribution, I would say it was Oscar time for both of them. If Dench is not at least nominated, there is no justice.
I recommend the film for all. Of course, children will not be allowed--.