Film Stars Don’t Die In Liver­pool

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Star­ring Annette Ben­ing, Jamie Bell. Di­rec­tor Paul McGuigan.

In real life, Glo­ria Gra­hame was an Os­car-win­ning star in the 1950s. But she was be­set by in­se­cu­rity and scan­dal. She met as­pir­ing ac­tor Peter Turner dur­ing her ca­reer’s long de­cline, in the un­likely set­ting of a cheap London board­ing house where they were both lodgers. She was 54, he was 26. Turner’s book about their affair is the ba­sis of this film and it does gloss over darker as­pects, such as Gra­hame’s bat­tle with breast cancer. But it is a joy­ous ex­pe­ri­ence, made so by the chem­istry be­tween Ben­ing (who looks re­mark­ably like Gra­hame) and Bell.

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