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Annette Bening Serves Up Fire and Vulnerability in Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool

Annette Bening Serves Up Fire and Vulnerability in Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool
From TIME - January 11, 2018

The actor Gloria Grahame had one of the great faces of 50s film noir. If youve seen In a Lonely Place or The Big Heat, you probably havent forgotten those eyes, as mischievous as a game of under-the-table footsie, or that mouth, like the sense memory of what a lemon drop tastes like.

The young Annette Bening greatly resembled 50s-era Grahame, throwing off the same kind of playful yet soul-deep spark. Thats why its so fitting that Bening should now play the older Grahame in Paul McGuigans perceptive, bittersweet movie Film Stars Dont Die in Liverpool, based on Peter Turners memoir of the same name and set in Liverpool and London during the late 1970s and early 80s, the last years of Grahames life. This is the story of young aspiring actor Peter (Jamie Bell) and his complicated relationship with Grahame, some 30 years his senior. The two start out romantically coupled; after their breakup, the ailing Grahame reconnects with her old beau and his family, seeking the solace of their Liverpool home, though she refuses medical care.

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