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Good at Being Bad
The films of Gloria Grahame

October-November 2017

We celebrate the onscreen brilliance of this iconic femme fatale heroine.

Introduction by season programmer Jo Botting

Gloria Grahame


“Most women are unhappy. They just pretend they aren’t...”
Vicki Buckley in Human Desire

Grahame’s innate ability to tap into the psyche of troubled characters imbued them with an emotional depth that hinted at a troubled past, and a doomed future. This selection of her films, the first part of a two-month season, illustrates this talent and reveals her scintillating screen presence and effortless glamour. Whether in evening dress or slacks and flats, Grahame exuded femininity and was perhaps the most sexually charged of all Hollywood femmes fatales. Her scandalous and turbulent private life has intensified her legendary status, but this shouldn’t distract us from her most important legacy: her uniquely compelling performances.


See our preview of Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool and screenings of In a Lonely Place and The Big Heat.

Coming in December: The Good Die Young, Oklahoma!, Naked Alibi and more...


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