Excerpt: There aren’t too many certainties in the world of showbiz, but I’d have to imagine that if you take two Oscar-winning performers in Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, add in an Oscar-winning Director like Steven Soderbergh and you wouldn’t have much trouble getting your movie picked up by a studio. I, of course, would be wrong. That’s exactly what happened with Behind the Candelabra until HBO saw it for what it was worth and decided to show it on the air.
Excerpt: Even though director Steven Soderbergh ( Traffic, Ocean’s 11, Magic Mike ) has an Oscar under his belt and numerous box office hits, the road to getting Behind the Candelabra was a difficult one. Originally Soderbergh had planned for the film to play in theaters, but every studio was afraid of the project believing it to be “too gay”. Sure, there have been numerous films in Hollywood that dealt with homosexual subject matter, and considering this was also a bio pic I’m...
Excerpt: HBO delves into the private life of flamboyant entertainer Liberace (Michael Douglas) through a well-produced but ultimately lifeless biopic. No expense was spared in this big-budget adaptation of the memoir from Liberace’s one-time lover, Scott Thorson. Steven Soderbergh directs the film, guiding Michael Douglas and Matt Damon through awkward kissing scenes between the two stars and their two characters’ turbulent romance.
Summary: Steven Soderbergh's HBO film, Behind the Candelabra , chronicles the closeted relationship between Scott Thorson and international entertainment legend Liberace, who was 40 years his senior. When the relationship ended after five years, Thorson sued Liberace for palimony, eventually accepting a nominal settlement.
Conclusion: 'Behind the Candelabra' offers an intimate peek into superstar pianist Liberace's personal life and his turbulent affair with a younger man. Through their story, director Steven Soderbergh shines a particularly glittering light on a fascinating real-life figure, while simultaneously examining interesting concepts dealing with love, jealousy, excess, and fame.
Conclusion: One suspects and hopes that Behind the Candelabra is not the last we've seen of Steven Soderbergh the director. This HBO movie is a decent outlet for his talents and proves to be a relatively compelling and entertaining look at Liberace's messy, secret off-stage excesses.
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Conclusion: Behind the Candelabra works as both an insight into Liberace's life as well as a simply unconventional love story. Michael Douglas and Matt Damon's performances are certainly memorable, and the production values are several notches above most other made for cable movies. Again, I can't vouch for its historical accuracy, but in the end it's extremely entertaining.