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Behind the Candelabra [15]

Soderbergh drew on Thorson’s autobiography to make an HBO biopic that’s now enjoying a cinema release, with a highly convincing Douglas as Liberace, and Damon equally plausible as the teenage Thorson.

Although he successfully sued the Daily Mirror for suggesting he was gay, it was nevertheless an open Hollywood secret that between 1976 and 1982 the outrageously camp Liberace was in a relationship with his young chauffeur, Scott Thorson.

Soderbergh drew on Thorson’s autobiography to make an HBO biopic that’s now enjoying a cinema release, with a highly convincing Douglas as Liberace, and Damon equally plausible as the teenage Thorson.

With Lowe as Liberace’s pinch-faced plastic surgeon, a supercilious Aykroyd as his agent and Reynolds as his sanctified mother, BEHIND THE CANDELABRA is by turns funny, melodramatic, shocking and sad.

Duration:118 mins 
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Starring: Michael Douglas, Matt Damon, Dan Aykroyd, Debbie Reynolds

  • Date published: 15th June 2013

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