Behind the Candelabra

Behind the Candelabra

Behind the Candelabra

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. 

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.

Best TV Movie and Best Actor in a TV Movie (for Douglas), Golden Globes 2014.
2013Rating: M, Sex scenes, offensive language, drug use119 minsUSA
DramaTrue Story & BiographyRomance

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Behind the Candelabra / Reviews

Flicks, Matt Glasby

Flicks, Matt Glasby

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.

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Variety

Variety

Re-creates the lavish living environment and stage shows Liberace orchestrated between 1977 and his death in 1986 of HIV-related complications, while presenting the world with a sort of worst-case version of predatory homosexuality, in which an older man of means identifies, seduces and eventually tosses aside a naive, cornfed young country stud.

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Total Film

Total Film

Douglas pulls out all the stops while - somehow - avoiding caricature in a glittering celebrity portrait. If Soderbergh's swansong doesn't always mine great depths, it gives fabulous surface.

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Time Out

Time Out

It's both a romp and uncomfortably real.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Damon and Douglas give supremely entertaining performances.

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The Dissolve

The Dissolve

One of the most stylish movies Soderbergh has made in years. This is very much Scott’s version of the story, so Soderbergh employs subtle and overt subjectivity in his camerawork...

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

A wonderfully entertaining and revealing look at Liberace’s final decade.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Who'd have thought Michael Douglas and Matt Damon would make such an astonishing, convincing on-screen couple? Steven Soderbergh, that's who...

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

The story is told less as a cause-and-effect narrative than as a collection of incidents that add up to something with a crushing emotional weight.

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