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Monday Night Film Series presents, Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool -FR

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Posted on Mar 7, 2018

Category: News and Notices

The Monday Night Film Series presents, 'Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool,' on Monday, March 12 at 7:30 p.m. in Tilley Hall, 102.

The sultry Gloria Grahame won a best supporting actress Oscar for her performance in 1952's The Bad and the Beautiful. She appeared in films alongside Humphrey Bogart, Robert Mitchum, Lana Turner, Kirk Douglas, and a bevy of other icons. Her star blazed brightly then faded quickly, but she did not disappear. How Grahame spent her later years is the subject of this beautiful and rare ode to life after fame.

Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool features as fine a performance as you will see this year: Annette Bening's (20th Century Women, The Kids Are Alright) portrayal of Grahame. She is paired brilliantly with Jamie Bell (Nicholas Nicholby, Billy Elliot), who breathes pure empathy into his role as Gloria's lover Peter Turner, a working-class English actor. Drawing on Turner's memoir of the same name, director Paul McGuigan fashions a moving narrative that embraces the high and lows of the erstwhile Hollywood star's time spent living in Liverpool in the 1970s. Gloria is in her fifties, but her vitality and eccentricity leave Peter, who is decades younger, enraptured by this outrageous new force in his life.

As the two embark on their romance, we follow them from England to Los Angeles, from stage to hospital, and from laughter to tears. Unorthodox and sincere, Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool is the kind of showbiz love story seldom depicted onscreen.

There is no denying the emotional force that this film develops, and for that, we can credit talented filmmakers and two stars working at the height of their powers.... Stephan Farber, The Hollywood Reporter

This term, 15 limited release, independent foreign and Canadian films will be shown. Admission is $8/film, but a half-yearly $12 student film society membership reduces admission cost to $5/film. The series is open to all. Memberships are available at Tilley Hall, 102 every Monday night.

For further info, contact NB Film Co-op 506-455-1632 or info@nbfilmcoop.com.

The NB Film Co-op, in partnership with the UNBF Faculty of Arts and the Toronto Film Festival, presents the series.

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Contact: Tony Merzetti

Email Address: tmerzett@unb.ca