Behind the Candelabra

Behind the Candelabra

DVD - 2013
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This 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: [United States] : Home Box Office ; [Burbank, CA : Distributed by Warner Home Video], c2013
Branch Call Number: DVD Behin
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 118 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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Stephwhite48
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....

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sunshinemari
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!

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mjayh
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.

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StopHarperNow
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.

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Bookworm39
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.

teddypawz Jun 15, 2014

I found this movie to be precise, not offensive or over the top. He was a flamboyant persona (like any big name stars today) who liked to show it off. He didn't pretend to be anything short of flamboyant. He died in a time new to the public about AIDS. I enjoyed the movie and learned more about Liberace, which is the point of most true-to-life movies.

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1_critic
Jun 12, 2014

Entertaining, seedy, sometimes humorous but mostly sad account of the secret life of Liberace as told by a disgruntled ex-lover.
Thorsen's account of the realtionship is obviously a biased, kink-em-when-they're-dead narrative reminiscent of Christina Crawford's dishing of Joan Crawford in Mommie Dearest. That Liberace used and manipulated Thorsen and other young men is evident, however, these young men willingly participated and gained from the arrangement. Would young, handsome Thorsen really have taken up with Walter Liberace if he was not wealthy, generous, famous? Both men in my view were victims as well as perpetrators of a dysfunctional, co-dependant relationship now public knowledge. Sadly, the entertainer's greatest fear would appear to be realized - that one day he would be remembered as the flamboyant old queen who died of AIDS.

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BloomFree
Jun 04, 2014

I believe that one of the reasons this movie doesn't work is that the director is far too concerned how the general public might respond to gay sexuality. Older rich person younger not so rich person - not a new combination. The movie felt cut in half -- the first upbeat and entertaining the second very dark and disturbing. This movie needed something -- probably some good honest feedback might have helped.

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