David Bianculli on Steven Soderbergh’s new HBO film about Liberace, Behind the Candelabra, starring Matt Damon and Michael Douglas:
Damon’s Scott is all aw-shucks innocence — and when a friend takes him to Las Vegas to see a Liberace show, it’s like taking a trip to Oz. They walk into the Hilton showroom while the performance is in full swing. And so do we — hit immediately, and viscerally, by the excessive glitz of it all: the gold, glass-topped grand piano. Liberace’s silver-sequined suit and heavily teased hair. And, of course, his carefully rehearsed casual stage patter, with which he entertains the audience while playing piano, sometimes with only one hand. You start the scene watching Michael Douglas but in seconds, you’re carried away, or at least dumbfounded, by Liberace.
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