Behind The Candelabra (Blu-ray)
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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.
Anthony (Tony), South Africa. 30 January 2014
This movie is NOT for the faint-hearted (sexually speaking). To see Matt (Jason Bourne) Damon & Michael (of the Kirk Douglas family tree) Douglas embrace & kiss passionately on numerous occasions can be a bit of a shock to the system to those of us who are "straight".
However, to say that it took "Brass Balls" for these two, very macho, actors to take-on this autobiographical movie, depicting the highs & lows of Liberace's career, with such conviction would be quite an understatement - AND - they did it extremely well & with top-notch professionalism. After adjusting to the initial shock, I became totally lost in the movie & although it will definitely have limited appeal to the masses, it is definitely one that will have strong appeal to the Gay members of society and also to those who are a little more broadminded and have embraced the fact that the world is there for all of us to enjoy. I experienced the era when Liberace was at his peak and this movie certainly captures those moments very well - but includes behind-the-scenes activity that was & usually is hidden to the fans - the darker side of the icon. Definitely worth viewing.
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