Behind the Candelabra(2013)
Too much of a good thing is wonderful.
Flamboyant pianist, singer and showman Liberace was the world’s highest-paid entertainer from the 1950s to the 1970s. Behind the Candelabra focuses on the secret and tempestuous five-year affair between Liberace (Michael Douglas) and his driver Scott Thorson (Matt Damon) - a heady mix of drug addiction, promiscuity, surreal plastic surgery, sequins and a $US113 million palimony lawsuit. ... More
Directed by Steven Soderbergh and based on the biography/memoir written by Thorson. Soderbergh's final film before retiring, he told Yahoo that Behind the Candelabra was turned down by every major Hollywood studio - "They said it was too gay". HBO Films eventually produced the movie.Hide
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BY Matt Glasby Flicks Writer
Banished to HBO in its native America for being “too gay”, Steven Soderbergh’s Liberace tell-all is actually scrupulously careful not to offend anyone: like Boogie Nights making nice.... More
Based on the memoirs of Scott Thorson, the late pianist’s embittered ex-lover from 1977-1982, it’s a relatively sunny affair, swept along by charismatic performances from Damon and Douglas, two of Hollywood’s most reliable screen stars, plus familiar faces such as Dan Aykroyd and Scott 'Quantum Leap' Bakula.
Douglas made his name playing powerful, morally questionable men, and this is a clever addition to the canon. Comedically queeny but with a core of steel, Liberace has a controlling interest in the youngsters he surrounds himself with. The latest is Damon – playing a teenager! – and though the two start out convincingly hot for each other, Liberace’s narcissistic demands soon take their toll on an already imbalanced relationship.
After an entertaining introduction to the star and his pampered, pantomime world, the film begins to meander, with a broad turn by Rob Lowe as a plasticky plastic surgeon and some overly telegraphed Big Biopic Moments not helping proceedings. Thankfully Soderbergh’s directorial flair brings things back into line before the big finale.
What we’re left with is a gentle drama about people who, if you scratch the surface, must be genuinely damaged even if, for the most part, they’re enjoying themselves too much to let on. In fact, the only person who could feel short-changed is Douglas. No US cinema release means no Oscar nomination – and that’s offensive.Hide
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BY adamatdramatrain superstar
For some, it'll seem like camp soap opera or a trashy TV biopic blown up by a bigger budget and star power - but that's the point. Simply put? It's fabulous darling - in every sense.Hide
BY Brendan3 superstar
Michael Douglas does a amazing job.
HBO made this movie for cable TV so no big screen release in USA means it will only receive Emmys not Academy awards as Michael Douglas performance deserves !!!
The behind the scenes story of Scott Thorson played by Matt Damon 6 year relationship with Liberace played by Michael Douglas. Its a love story with all its up and downs its funny sad and gives us a glimpse into one of Las Vegas great entertainers private life.
Worth seeing on the big screen !