BE­HIND THE CAN­DE­LABRA

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - MOVIES - Now show­ing State Cin­ema and Vil­lage Cinemas ( East­lands)

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.

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