I’ve waited for a while and finally, I watched Behind the Candelabra starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon. The film is based on the memoir by Liberace’s former lover and assistant, Scott Thorson. The acclaimed director, Steven Soderbergh (Side Effects and The Informant!) brings to life with exactitude the flamboyant, Liberace in his final years before his death in 1987. The wise director used Liberace’s music to describe the protagonists emotions, memories, and anger. Now, the casting choice, Douglas and Damon once again reinvent their acting skills for the daring HBO film.
I do point out, the only lamentable flaw about this film is that it was for television and not for cinema. If this film would have been theatrically released, without a doubt – Douglas would have been the strongest contender for an Oscar win including Best Picture of the Year. The makeup artist team and wardrobe team revived Liberace’s expensive outfits with precision and without the necessity of using real fur. Overall, Candelabra instantly becomes a classic. For now, Behind the Candelabra is nominated for 15 Emmy awards including lead actors, writing, and cinematography. Congratulations, Candelabra deserves recognition and triumph.
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