“‘[My parents] didn’t like the class system, and the royal family is the pinnacle of the class system. I was brought up very anti-monarchist. I was a bit cheeky, a little uppity [in my younger days] about why the queen won’t smile. Does it hurt her to smile? Isn’t that what she’s there for?’ ” — Helen Mirren talking about her much-admired performance in Stephen Frears‘ The Queen (Miramax, 9.30) with Newsweek‘s Barbara Kantrowitz.