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Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool

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.

Time & Tickets

The sultry Gloria Grahame won a best supporting actress Oscar for her performance in 1952’s THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL. She appeared in films alongside Humphrey Bogart, Robert Mitchum, Lana Turner, Kirk Douglas, and a bevy of other icons. Her star blazed brightly then faded quickly, but she did not disappear. How Grahame spent her later years is the subject of this beautiful – and rare – ode to life after fame.

Drawing on working-class actor Peter Turner’s memoir of the same name, director Paul McGuigan fashions a moving narrative that embraces the high and lows of the erstwhile Hollywood star’s time spent living in Liverpool in the 1970s. Gloria is in her fifties, but her vitality and eccentricity leave Peter, who is decades younger, enraptured by this outrageous new force in his life. As the two embark on their romance, we follow them from England to Los Angeles, from stage to hospital, and from laughter to tears. Unorthodox and sincere, FILM STARS DON’T DIE IN LIVERPOOL is the kind of showbiz love story seldom depicted

Paul McGuigan, UK, 2017, 106 min. English spoken, Dutch subtitles. With Jamie Bell, Annette Bening, Julie Walters, Stephen Graham, Vanessa Redgrave.
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