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Plot: A romance sparks between a young actor and a Hollywood leading lady. Runtime: 105 mins Release Date: 16 Nov 2017
One of the most overlooked, exquisitely sensitive films of 2017 somehow slipped past all attention to awards. Based on a true story - published by Peter Turner in 1986 - of a late in life affair between screen icon Gloria Grahame and young actor Peter Turner - this film is radiantly beautiful. The screenplay adaptation is by Matt Greenhalgh and the sensitive direction is the work of Paul McGuigan.The story covers the years 1979 - 1981. In 1979 Gloria Grahame Annette Bening is in England starring on stage in The Glass Menagerie and flirts with young actor Peter Turner Jamie Bell , a <more>
bisexual young actor who falls under the spell of the femme fatale and despite the significant age difference they fall in love and begin and affair that is real, tender, and meaningful to both. As their mismatched romance waxes and wanes over time, events conspire to keep them in each other's lives even when it proves difficult and demanding. Ultimately, they find that they must each come to terms with whatever fate they face in the future whether they are together or apart. Grahame has breast cancer, a fact she conceals from Peter, and as she becomes close to Peter's family - mother Bella Julie Walters , father Joe SR Kenneth Cranham , and brother Joe Jr. Stephen Graham - she reveals her illness. On a trip to Los Angeles Gloria and Peter live together in Gloria's house trailer by the Pacific ocean, and are visited by Gloria's mother Vanessa Redgrave and sister Joy Frances Barber before they return to Peter's home in Liverpool. Gloria grows weaker and ultimately decides to return to her American physician for chemotherapy, escorted by one of her real sons Tim Tom Brittney from one of her four marriages, leaving Peter with love and concern that he care for his own family. The story is an affectionate, moving, and wryly humorous memoir of friendship, love, and stardom.Oscar worthy performances by Bening, Bell, Walters and the entire cast make this film luminous - one that needs to be seen more than once to fully appreciate all the fine qualities - acting, photography, musical score, and direction. Highly recommended
Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool 2017 .Chipper F. Xavier, Esq.The premise: Peter Turner Jamie Bell & Gloria Grahame Annette Bening fall in love. The catch: Peter's a 28 year-old Brit and Gloria is a much older American actress with four ex-husbands and four grown children. She's also a bit of a has-been: An Oscar winning, movie star icon from the days of black and white films. But by the end of this movie, you will believe in the power of their love for one another.Inspired by the autobiography of Peter Turner, Film Stars walks us through the whimsical meeting, courtship <more>
and relationship of Turner and Grahame from 1979 through 1981. Director Paul McGuigan sets his opening in Liverpool, England where the two first meet. Rather than romanticize the aged actress, Bening's Grahame is a gutsy dame, just barely held together by cosmetics, alcohol, wardrobe and slowly fading hauteur. Bell's Turner is an energetic young man who is enraptured with Grahame before he discovers her prior fame. The strength of Bell's performance lies in normalizing Turner's seemingly inexplicable attraction to a woman old enough to be his mother - their first kiss is as surprising as it is heart-warming. In this sense, the couple present an idealistic love which refuses to acknowledge its anachronistic nature.Film Stars goes well beyond the Hollywood romance tropes to present us with the unvarnished heart of humanity. Grahame's and Turner's families, performed by Vanessa Redgrave and Julie Walters, are skilfully woven into the tapestry of their relationship in a way that makes us see just how grounded in reality this movie is: Their problems are real, and seemingly insurmountable.The real feat of Film Stars is not in delivering Peter and Gloria's romance to the viewer, or even in presenting an oddity for the world to brazenly ogle, but in transporting the audience into their time and lives and making us wish that we could all be so fortunate to experience such a love, if only once, no matter what it cost us.
The fact that Bening was never awarded an Oscar stands as a clear proof of the unfairness of the Hollywood system. Bening is one of the most talented actresses ever and she proved it many times. In this movie she is absolutely amazing, delivering - possibly - her best performance ever.I am a sucker for film noir, so I obviously knew Gloria Grahame but I had no idea she had such a turbulent life. The movie is about her last three years and her affair with Peter, a much younger English man, whom she met while touring England. The script is based on the book Peter wrote and it is drenched in <more>
melancholy, with some sparkles of joy.Bening is believable as Grahame, even if the resemblance is never pushed and the movie could be about any fading film star. The story start with Gloria getting ready for a theatre performance and falling sick. This is 1981 and we are soon taken back a couple of years earlier, by the first of a few flashbacks.In 1979, during another tour in London, Gloria met Peter, a struggling actor from Liverpool. The two struck an unlikely friendship, with Gloria flirting with the young guy from the start and asking him to be her "dancing partner".Gloria and Peter first scene together is brilliant. The young, unsophisticated Peter is totally fascinate by the mature Gloria and starts shaking around and stripping in an uncontrolled way, while Gloria watches, amused. The Gloria-Peter love story is seen only in flashbacks, while the main action takes place in 1981, with Gloria sick and lodging in Peter's working class home in Liverpool.The two leads have excellent chemistry and their emotions are totally believable: Gloria does not want to drag Peter into what she knows is the last chapter of her life and Peter is totally fascinated by the exotic, aggressive, unconventional American woman.Towards the end, the scene of them playing Juliet and Romeo in an empty theatre is totally heart wrenching.I found this movie most moving and undeservedly ignored at awards time. Maybe because of the melancholy... but then again, that's the way life is, with hardly any happy ending in sight.PS and even Grahame got an Oscar....
We saw this in Wellington at the Brooklyn Penthouse Theatre. They moved it because so many wanted to see it, from their small 30 seat screening to a much bigger one where there were definitely more people. What a wonderful story. Cheering positive lovable without a hint of saccharine or self-pity and a fascinating script - sympathetic without being unreal.I will have to find the book and read it. Annette Bening is fantastic and Jamie Bell enthralling. Well done all for a crisp enjoyable movie. BTW in typical English style they don't hit you over the head with the point - you get to think <more>
A beginning simple love story with the level of complexity in the end (by jeannefrancoise)
Dear readers, now I am going to show you why I gave 9 stars for Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool 2017 movie. Well, I am not a fan of sad movies, nor black and white movies at the 1950s-1970s, but I know Gloria Grahame and this movie is dedicated to her. This movie is showing us all aspects about Gloria Grahame; what were her problems, how she was facing it, where she ever felt a love in the last of her days, and with whom. This movie has some differences with the reality life of Gloria Grahame, because this movie is based on the book of Peter Turner, but at least the audience can see <more>
the struggles of love that Gloria had, to stand for it, to beg it, to embrace it, and to loose it. The character of Annie Benning is quite dramatic and stunning. She is so beautiful and was successful to be Gloria Grahame. Her counterpart also gives the best acting, as a young boy falling in love with the superstar from the era of his mother. Such a wow. This movie is sad from the beginning and makes me so mellow with an idea; that even a superstar, that assumed to have everything, can not have everything at all. Despite of watching this drama movie, this is not a boring movie, nor make us sleepy at the theater, because the setting was in Liverpool and New York in 1980s. The two big cities in that glorious time of young stars, linked up because of the love between two main actors; old lady and young actor. Then, this movie makes you up awake and guess how is the ending, dear ladies and gentleman, because Gloria Grahame is such an inspiring character for all movie stars and we do not want this movie has an ending.
It's true--film stars don't die in Liverpool (by Red-125)
Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool 2017 was directed by Paul McGuigan. The star of the movie is Annette Bening, who portrays the actor Gloria Grahame. Those of us who remember Gloria Grahame on the screen remember her just as director McGuigan remembers her. She was beautiful and sexy. Every leading man desired her, often to their peril. She was an Academy Award winner.In the movie, Grahame is ill and returns to a house in Liverpool where she had stayed when she was younger. She's no longer a star--just a woman who is able to hang on because some people remember when she was a <more>
marquee name.The film is melodramatic, and Liverpool looks dark and forlorn. Still, it's worth seeing the movie to watch Bening act. She inhabits the role of Grahame, and I believe Bening could see the possibility of her own career ending up like Grahame's career.We saw this movie at Rochester's wonderful Little Theatre. It will work well on the small screen. The film has a dismal 6.9 IMDb rating. It's better than that. See it and decide for yourself.
A love story with a kick in the gut , anyone? (by tkn10015)
Frankly, I was upset when Annette Bening did such great work in 20th Century Women, which a few of you saw, and wasn't nominated for an Oscar. Once upon a time in movies, people related to one another in funny, sad and flawed human ways. That was 20th Century Women and Ms. Bening was pushed out at Oscar time by that beloved film icon nominated for yowling and singing painfully off key. A travesty. Booray for Hollywood. Assessing no blame to our nameless beloved scenery chewer because she can't help getting nominated for merely belching, with or without an accent. Now, having been <more>
swept away by Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool, I'm not upset anymore. Ms Bening and Jamie Bell had me at "How do I look?" Tough cookie 50's film star Gloria Grahame stumbled through her life without much love or tenderness. With Jamie Bell's character Peter Turner, she not only found them but allowed them for a little while. I wanted to be there for every moment Gloria and much younger Peter were together. Throw in Julie Walters as Peter's mum, Vanessa Redgrave as Gloria's mom, and, no-slouch-she Frances Barber as Gloria's jealous toxic sister, and you've got a jewel of a film that may or may not get the recognition it deserves. But I've got my memories of the great Julie Walters, as Peter's Mum, crushing me simply saying "time to let go of her, son," and Gloria with her life scars and Peter trying to make it all better for her. And he does. Hollywood can't hurt me or Gloria anymore. She has passed on and my illusions about talent and fine work being rewarded are gone. It could happen though that Ms. Bening, like Elizabeth Taylor before her, gets her Oscar one year and one film later. This time, if it happens, it will be given for this year's best performance by an actress. Because. trust me, it is.
With such a great cast Annette Bening, Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, Kenneth Cranham, Stephen Graham, Vanessa Redgrave and Frances Barber and a fascinating subject matter detailing a passionate true-life romance concerning film noir icon Gloria Grahame and jobbing actor Peter Turner, 'Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool' intrigued me.On the most part, while not perfect, 'Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool' did not disappoint and did its subject justice. There wasn't much to criticise for me actually, though the quality of the production values left me torn. On one <more>
hand, there's lovely costumes and very handsome photography. On the other, some of the sets are garish and lack authenticity and some of the wigs are a fright. Especially Stephen Graham's that looked like it came from an old comedy sketch on loan.'Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool' however is anchored by Bening at her most fearless and vulnerable and her passionate chemistry with Bell giving the most mature work of his career.Walters, Cranham and Graham are as expected first class support, particularly Walters. Redgrave and Barber have a terrific scene. Paul McGuigan directs with class.The elegiac music score adds enormously. The nostalgic atmosphere is evoked beautifully, and the story, while slight, was easy to get behind thanks to the performances, the romance having the passion it does and the emotional resonance of when Grahame's career and health ails. Can't fault the script either, which is full of wit and poignancy.In short, very intriguing and well done. 8/10 Bethany Cox
"Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool" R, 1:45 is a romantic drama based on a couple of years in the life of Gloria Grahame, an Oscar winner and veteran of such classic films as "It's a Wonderful Life" and "Oklahoma". Multiple Oscar-nominee Annette Bening plays Grahame, mostly during her time in Liverpool, England, where she met, had an affair with and was ultimately nursed through a serious illness by much younger man and local Liverpool actor , Peter Turner BAFTA Award winner Jamie Bell .Peter meets Gloria when she moves into his apartment building. <more>
They quickly go from being neighbors to friends to lovers. Peter doesn't seem bothered by their age difference and Gloria seems to cherish it, but it inevitably leads to hurt feelings and conflict between them. Nevertheless, they work through the rough patches and Gloria becomes very friendly with Peter's family. When Gloria returns to Liverpool after living in New York for awhile and she is obviously ill, she reaches out to Peter and ends up staying with his family, who all pitch in to take care of the ailing actress. As Gloria's illness progresses and she begs Peter not to take her to any doctors or notify her adult children in the U.S., Peter and his family struggle to find the best way to help Gloria... while Peter deals with his lingering feelings for her."Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool" is a sweet and sad story of star-crossed lovers in an especially unusual May-December relationship. It's terrifically acted and creatively shot and edited. It's a wonder why this hidden gem didn't garner more accolades during the 2017-2018 movie awards season. "A-"