BEHIND THE CANDELABRA
OH, how those eyes twinkled. Oh, how those ivories tinkled. And oh my, how that closet rattled. In a compelling drama from director Steven Soderbergh, the lid is belatedly lifted on the secret gay life of Liberace. Throughout a long reign as the Las Vegas king of keyboard kitsch, Liberace ( Michael Douglas) went to extraordinary lengths to deny all accusations of homosexuality. The fi lm spans the fi nal decade of Liberace’s life, wherein he fi nally met Mr Right, only for it all to go so horribly wrong. Matt Damon co- stars as Scott Thorson, a sheltered young fellow too wideeyed to resist the razzle- dazzle of all things Liberace. Nor can he cope with the demands of a dysfunctionally undercover relationship. The grotesquely gripping performances of Douglas and Damon are wonders to behold. Both actors step inside diffi cult roles with ease, revealing not only the unlovable, spiteful monsters that Liberace and Thorson were fated to become, but also the loving, giving men they might have been.