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FILM STARS DON'T DIE IN LIVERPOOL

Review

Director:

 Paul McGuigan

Genre:

Biography

Country:

UK

Rated:

UNRATED

Year:

2017

Language:

English

Runtime:

105 Minutes

Description:

OFFICIAL OPENING NIGHT FILM

Annette Bening and Jamie Bell star in this adaptation of the memoir by British actor Peter Turner, recounting his romance with the legendary (and legendarily eccentric) Hollywood star, Gloria Grahame, during the last years of her life.

Grahame won a best supporting actress Oscar in 1952 and appeared in films alongside Humphrey Bogart, Robert Mitchum, Lana Turner and Kirk Douglas. Her star blazed brightly then faded quickly, but she did not disappear. By the late 1970s she was attempting to revive her career by appearing on the British stage.  In her 50s at the time, Grahame became involved with an aspiring English actor in his 20s. Their love affair was steamy while it lasted, and downright poignant during its encore, when Grahame called up her former beau and asked to spend her final days with him at his mums row house in Liverpool.  How Grahame spent her later years is the subject of this beautiful and rare ode to life after fame.

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