Annette Bening and Jamie Bell in a scene from "Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool."
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"Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool" is a tender if generic portrait of aged glamour. In it, Annette Bening gives Gloria Grahame a nobility rarely shown to faded Hollywood actresses.In films like "My Week With Marilyn," 2011, and "Me and Orson Welles," 2008, an outsider is unexpectedly thrust into a short-lived intimacy with a star.Grahame was, simply, one of the great black-and-white actresses – the "other" 1950s blonde bombshell with a soft, sweet voice.It's well into the film before Grahame's troubled past is alluded to.With some clever transitions, McGuigan ("Lucky Number Slevin") frames their romance through snippets of memory, looking back from Grahame's final days in 1981, two years after meeting Turner.Bening and Bell make for a May-December romance of often touching warmth.
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