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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Behind the Candelabra by Steven Soderbergh, 2013 (TV-MA)

with Michael Douglas (Solitary Man, Haywire, The Game, Traffic), Matt Damon (Invictus, Margaret, True Grit, We Brought a Zoo, The Informant!, Herafter, Inside Job, The Adjustment Bureau, Promised Land, The Legend of Bagger Vance), Dan Aykroyd, Scott Bakula (The Informant!), Rob Lowe, Debbie Reynolds (One for the Money), Tom Papa, Paul Reiser, Nicky Katt, Cheyenne Jackson, Boyd Holbrook
From the director of from the director of Out of Sight, Traffic, Haywire, Contagion, The Informant!, Erin Brockovich, Ocean's Eleven, Ocean's Twelve, Side Effects

Before Elvis, before Elton John, Madonna and Lady Gaga, there was Liberace: virtuoso pianist, outrageous entertainer and flamboyant star of stage and television. A name synonymous with showmanship, extravagance and candelabras, he was a world-renowned performer with a flair that endeared him to his audiences and created a loyal fan base spanning his 40-year career. Liberace lived lavishly and embraced a lifestyle of excess both on and off stage. In summer 1977, handsome young stranger Scott Thorson walked into his dressing room and, despite their age difference and seemingly different worlds, the two embarked on a secretive five-year love affair. BEHIND THE CANDELABRA takes a behind-the-scenes look at their tempestuous relationship – from their first meeting backstage at the Las Vegas Hilton to their bitter and public break-up. - HBO

This is the portrayal of the beginning of Aids, Drugs, Aesthetic Surgery... This is another time, and behind all the sparkling, bling bling and luxury, is an example of the decadence and falseness of Hollywood, sad story indeed. I guess this is why the movie is so impressive, and addictive. It gives an inside look to what an audience has admired, and the twistedness of the imagination of a powerful man, the weaknesses of the others, and perhaps in the end the sad story of ignorance and rejection. Matt Damon is really fascinating, convincing, specially after having seen him recently in so many movies. Michael Douglas is unbelievable in playing shamelessly the contrast between a flamboyant and charming old performer and a ordinary man with absolutely no sex-appeal, in his own home. Great movie, my favorite of Soderberg in a very long time.

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