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Art House, Drama - Romantic

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool (2017)

Duration 1h 45m Rating (UK) 15
Source of story A book of the same name by Peter Turner
Writers/Script Matt Greenhalgh
Additional Info The book was first optioned many years ago and is only the third non-Bond film made by Eon Productions. It bombed at the box office, but I expect they can afford it.
Director Paul McGuigan
Starring Annette Bening, Jamie Bell, Kenneth Cranham, Julie Walters, Vanessa Redgrave, Frances Barber
Elevator Pitch A young actor meets a former Hollywood star, now down on her luck, who is staying in the same boarding house in London. He becomes her lover and in time moves to America with her. Later they break up, and it is not until she is taken ill while playing “The Glass Menagerie” in Lancaster that she telephones him, and they are briefly reunited.
Content Time mostly spent in the young actor’s parent’s terraced house in Liverpool, the actress confined to bed in an upstairs room, with flashbacks to their meeting in London, their flat in Manhattan, her trailer on the Pacific coast where we meet her mother, and a bit of his and her theatre performances. No actual sex and just a bit of tasteful nudity.
A View Most critics liked this, but I am with those who felt that the story was too thin, and those who have read the book say that there was a lot more in it than is portrayed. We do not really get a proper view of what an unusual woman Gloria Graham was, so despite the Rotten Tomatoes seal of approval only just worth the ticket price.

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