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Behind the Candelabra (2013)

TV Movie  -   -  Biography | Drama | Romance  -  7 June 2013 (UK)
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Based on the autobiographical novel, the tempestuous 6-year relationship between Liberace and his (much younger) lover, Scott Thorson, is recounted.

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Scott Thorson, a young bisexual man raised in foster homes, is introduced to flamboyant entertainment giant Liberace and quickly finds himself in a romantic relationship with the legendary pianist. Swaddled in wealth and excess, Scott and Liberace have a long affair, one that eventually Scott begins to find suffocating. Kept away from the outside world by the flashily effeminate yet deeply closeted Liberace, and submitting to extreme makeovers and even plastic surgery at the behest of his lover, Scott eventually rebels. When Liberace finds himself a new lover, Scott is tossed on the street. He then seeks legal redress for what he feels he has lost. But throughout, the bond between the young man and the star never completely tears. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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"Too much of a good thing is wonderful"


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Originally announced in 2008. Filming had to be delayed after Michael Douglas began treatment for stage IV throat cancer in 2010. See more »

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The wheels on the Mercedes 450SL that Bob drives in 1977 were not introduced until 1986 on the 560SL. See more »

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Liberace: What a story. It's got everything but a fire at the orphanage.
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References All That Jazz (1979) See more »

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The Impossible Dream
Written by Joe Darion (as Joseph Darion) and Mitch Leigh
Piano Performed by Michael Douglas and Randy Kerber
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Another mediocre biopic
30 September 2013 | by (France) – See all my reviews

A true story doesn't always equal success and this umpteenth biopic that is Behind The Candelabra proves it once again.

If you put aside the extravagant aspect of Liberace and the huge age difference between him and Scott who was only 17 (!) when they met — an important detail that almost goes unnoticed —, what remains is an almost banal love story, with its ups and downs, struggling to convince. The viewer ends up enduring laborious scenes, sometimes very linear, often little constructive, and of more than debatable interest.

One could also question the veracity and partiality of the story given that the script is based on the memoirs of Scott Thorson.

Anyway, Steven Soderbergh can be thankful to the cast in general and Michael Douglas in particular for their very good performances, because if it wasn't for them, the movie would be a flop.


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