Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool
The bulk of Academy season hopefuls have come and gone but I see one last one with Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool. I was immediately interested in what the film was offering. A relationship portrayed by Annete Bening and Jamie Bell? Very interesting. If anything I could see a possible Oscar nomination for Bening. After watching I did enjoy the film for what it was. Its well acted and fairly emotional.
The film is based on the real life memoir by Peter Turner (of the same name as the film), where he recollects the relationship he had with the famous Hollywood actress, Gloria Grahame. He encounters Grahame in the later stages of her life, when she is working at Liverpool in stage plays. Grahame and Turner begin a relationship which is marred by Grahame’s spreading breast cancer, which she eventually succumbs to. From what I’ve read after the film, the events of the film seem to cover the incidents of real life pretty accurately.
Annette Bening kind of disappears into the role of Gloria Grahame. Its a really good performance from her. Same with Jamie Bell. The film is really carried by these two and their wonderful relationship. The film does have periods that drag and could have been portrayed in a more straightforward fashion, but the film never really loses its charm which is actually a strong selling point.
I loved Elvis Costello’s “You Shouldn’t Look at Me That Way”, made specially for this film. Its a gorgeous theme and the parts that were included in romantic moments between Gloria and Peter made their relationship seem magical. Overall I don’t the film is excellent, though the performances and romance and the film make it worth a watch. You can’t help put feel sad for Gloria and Peter by the end of the film.