Be­hind the Can­de­labra

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - MOVIES -

Re­calls the tem­pes­tu­ous, six-year re­la­tion­ship be­tween flam­boy­ant Amer­i­can show­man Lib­er­ace (Michael Dou­glas) and his much younger lover, Scott Thor­son (Matt Da­mon) from their first meet­ing back­stage at The Hil­ton, Las Vegas, to their tur­mul­tuous break up. Steven Soder­bergh helms the made-for bou­tique TV net­work HBO tele­movie which at­tracted enough at­ten­tion to see it move to the big screen. They say: Bou­quets for Michael Dou­glas, Matt Da­mon as his much younger lover, stars in­clud­ing Rob Lowe in ex­trav­a­gantly cast bit parts and the cos­tume depart­ment and its recre­ation of the show­man’s glit­ter­ing wardrobe. Wesay: Catch it for the star turns and snap­shot of an op­u­lent and sparkling show­biz world of time by­gone and which may not be seen again. Not for ev­ery­one, but that’s en­ter­tain­ment. Run­ning time 153 min­utes. Robina, Pa­cific Fair, Har­bour

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