Behind The Candelabra
Biopic / Drama
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Running time: 118 mins Released: 7th June 2013
About Behind The Candelabra
A glitzy drama about the life of flamboyant pianist Wladziu Valentino Liberace (Michael Douglas). Whilst enjoying massive levels of success and adoration during his Vegas heyday in the '70s, the prevailing attitudes of the time meant that he had to keep his homosexuality hidden. The film is mostly about the relationship Liberace had with his lover Scott Thorson (portrayed by Matt Damon who, while looking a decade or so younger than usual, cannot quite convey the 40 year age gap). Scott is taken in by the glamour and opulence of Liberace's lifestyle and Liberace finds his youth and beauty appealing. He longs to keep Scott close to him, but their relationship can never be openly recognised and the insecurity of this leads them to self-medicate with plastic surgery and drugs.