Film Review: Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool

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A BITTERSWEET love story based on the memoirs of actor and writer Peter Turner, in which he describes falling in love with a much older famous actress in the late ’70s.

Gloria Grahame’s Hollywood sheen might have dulled in the later years of her illustrious film career, but it’s enjoying a new day in the sun thanks to performances from Annette Bening and Jamie Bell in Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool‘, who are both tipped for Oscar nominations at the very least such is the critical acclaim.

The Paul McGuigan-directed biographical romance sees Bening channeling the late Oscar winner during a period of romantic bliss, tracing the early stages of her courtship with Peter Turner (Bell), whose memoir of the same name serves as the basis for Matt Greenhalgh’s script, through the last phases of Grahame’s life after a grim cancer diagnosis cut her life short in 1981 at the age of 57.

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