Behind The Candelabra is a HBO movie based on an autobiographical novel and the tempestuous 6-year relationship between Liberace and his much younger lover, Scott Thorson. Liberace is played by Michael Douglas and Scott Thorson is played by Matt Damon. Casting Douglas and Damon was brilliant. I am still reeling from their performances. Who knew this pair would be so well suited to deliver these characters? While the movie only touched on Liberace’s life after he was a huge star, it was crammed with information that probably was the most significant about who he had become and how he died.
I remember Liberace as a flamboyant performer who played fantastic piano. I enjoyed his concerts on TV and his funny way of talking and dressing. I didn’t really know much about his personal life until now. According to the movie, he had an insatiable sexual appetite and a thirst for new relationships. He valued his talent and was an excellent showman. All of this was nicely revealed in Behind the Candelabra. Might I add, this movie was tastefully filmed and didn’t get too sexually graphic. If you haven’t seen it, you can catch it On Demand.