Behind the Candelabra

Behind the Candelabra

DVD - 2013
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Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Steven Soderbergh and executive produced by Jerry Weintraub, this HBO Films drama recreates the glittering private world of Liberace, the flamboyant, phenomenally successful entertainer whose extravagant costumes, trademark candelabra, and elaborate stage shows made him the most bankable entertainer of his time.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Entertainment, 2013.
Branch Call Number: DVD FICTION BEH
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,Region 1,rda
1 videodisc (118 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.


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Apr 03, 2018

Above-average coverage from a gay perspective of some well-trodden Hollywood ground (fame, love, drugs, infidelity), thanks to the performances that director Steven Soderbergh draws from some big Hollywood names.

Jan 26, 2018

I was underwhelmed. There didn't seem to be much story propelling things forward, other than pettiness and jealousy. I couldn't finish it.

Jan 18, 2018

"Behind the Candelabra" is a five out of five stars. This documdrama about legendary performer Liberace is wonderful. Who knew that Michael Douglas could convincingly play the part of Liberace a gay man. Matt Damons performance as Liberaces lover is outstanding. Behind the Candelabra" portrays the nonglamerous side of the Liberace storey.

Sep 09, 2016

I suppose this was a love story, at least according to Scott Thorson. But I must admit to finding it more sordid and twisted than uplifting....

Sep 09, 2015

I found myself very engrossed in this movie. Found myself thinking about it for a couple days. I guess that says it all. Michael Douglas was excellent, as was Matt Damon. While Liberace was the highest grossing entertainer during his time, and he earned it with his work. His secret "gay" personal life was a train wreck. Taking in 16 year old boys as lovers? He was nothing but a pedaphile. He'd be in jail today for his actions. But nevertheless, he almost got away with it back then, the ultimate cost was his own life. Sad to think about how he got away with so much because he was a rich celebrity with so much to hide. I know this movie gives us only a glimpse of what really went on, and that is scarey. Liberace was one sick individual. This movie was worth the watch.

hbrown10011 May 16, 2015

Michael Douglas was truly outstanding as Liberace. Bravo!

Apr 14, 2015

This film was much better than I expected. It's a tragic story, but laugh-out-loud funny at times. Liberace gets off lightly. He was in his sixties when he procured the company of a naive, emotionally-deprived teenager, completely derailing the young man's life. (You can read about Thorson's hellish existence online.) If a teenage girl had been targeted and used like this he'd have been vilified--and rightly so.

Jan 07, 2015

Spectacular performances by Douglas, Damon and Lowe. The story was well written. Costumes, sets and music were all terrific. All in all, it's a very entertaining and revealing look at Liberace's private life.

Quimeras Nov 20, 2014

While “Behind the Candelabra” certainly delivers on grand settings and dazzling costumes, the story lacks substance. Given its stellar cast, I was hoping for more from this film.

Jun 20, 2014

Entertaining, but I think there was more to Liberace then was shown in this movie. I think there should have been more scenes of his brilliant piano playing. This movie only showed mostly negetative parts of his life. It was a time where one could not expose one's personal life or their career would be ruined. Today stars are coming out of the closet everyday. I think he did his best and that he was a Great Artist and Person.

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