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Behind The Candelabra

Based on Thorson`s 1988 memoir, "Behind The Candelabra: My Life With Liberace", about the last ten years in the life of pianist Liberace and the secret affair he had with young Scott Thorson. Scott Thorson, a young gay 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 having to submit 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.

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: R21
Release Date: 15 Aug 2013
Genre: Drama / Romance / Biography
Running Time: 1 Hour 58 Minutes
Cast: Michael Douglas, Matt Damon, Dan Aykroyd, Rob Lowe, Debbie Reynolds, Scott Bakula
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Format: 2D


Writer: Lorraine Tan

Writer Ratings:
Effects: NA

Watch this if you liked: "Walk The Line", "Ray" and "Brokeback Mountain"

"Behind The Candelabra" tells the story of the star Liberace and his gay boyfriend during the last 10 years of his life. It is based on his boyfriend, Scott Thorson's memoir, "Behind The Candelabra: My Life With Liberace". Michael Douglas stars as Liberace and Matt Damon as Scott Thorson.

Directed by Steven Soderbergh, this shows a realistic portrayal of a lifestyle steeped in glamour, fame and sin that Liberace led as a piano player in Las Vegas.

Michael Douglas is possibly the best candidate to act as Liberace as the actor himself has struggled similar issues like sex addiction and cancer. The way he portrayed Liberace, from his voice to his actions to the way he entertained the crowd pays justice to the real Liberace. One of the highlights from the film was he playing Liberace's famous "Boogie Woogie" in the concert hall.

Matt Damon's as Scott Thorson is fairly unexpected, as he used to esay manly roles in action films, and now, a gay lover. His character had to undergo massive cosmetic surgery to depict Scott in different stages of his life when he was together with Liberace, and different prosthetics made sure Matt Damon looked the part.

The set design is extravagant and really gives the audience a sense of Liberace's flamboyance. Costumes worn by Douglas were adorned with rhinestones and exotic furs, his fingers had huge diamond and gold rings, and of course, the grand pianos were decorated with crystals.

This film gives us a glimpse of the gay lifestyle and issues they struggle with. If you are a genuine Liberace fan, this film is not for you as it is not a true depiction of his life but a focus on his illicit relationship with Scott Thorson.

Cinema Online, 19 August 2013
Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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