Steven Soderbergh’s been claiming that he will soon be retiring from film making, so it’s quite interesting to see the project that he wants to finish. One of which is the Behind the Candelabra based on the life of Vegas showstopper Liberace and his relationship with partner Scott Thorson.
I’ve never really connect with Soderbergh’s work but he does always bring interesting people together on his projects and it has been a while since we saw Michael Douglas on screen after his health concerns. Based on the book by Scott Thorson who had a passionate 6 year relationship with Liberace, the movie is written by Richard LaGravenese (The Horse Whisperer, PS I Love, The Fisher King).
Here is the trailer and Synopsis:
Before Elvis, before Elton John, Madonna and Lady Gaga, there was LIBERACE – infamous pianist, outrageous entertainer and flamboyant star of stage and television. A name synonymous with showmanship and extravagance, he lit up every stage he performed on, as bright as his candelabras and with a unique flair that gained him millions of devoted fans across the globe.
In the summer of 1977, handsome young stranger Scott Thorson walked into Liberace’s dressing room and, despite their age difference and seemingly different worlds, the two embarked on a secretive five-year love affair. To the outside world Scott was an employee, at most a friend, but behind closed doors his life with Liberace was an intense rollercoaster of hedonistic fun, flamboyance and excess.
Starring Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon as Scott Thorson, BEHIND THE CANDELABRA tells the fascinating true story of their glamorous life together and their tempestuous relationship — from the glitz and glamour of the early days in Las Vegas to their very bitter and public break-up.
BEHIND THE CANDELABRA is released in cinemas on June 7th