Douglas dazzles as camp Liberace in biopic

Behind The Candleabra
Behind The Candleabra

Liberace always bowed down at the altar of excess and once proclaimed: “Too much of a good thing is wonderful.”

No doubt the flamboyant entertainer would have approved of the bouffant hairstyles, outlandish fashions and gaudy decor in Steven Soderbergh’s handsome biopic.

Based on the autobiography of Liberace’s lover Scott Thorson, Behind The Candelabra exposes the tormented showman behind the fur-lined and sequin-bedecked myth.

Soderbergh’s film traces the men’s relationship from a first meeting in 1977 to Liberace’s death in 1987, when the entertainer attempted to keep his HIV status secret.

Behind The Candelabra trades biting wit, romance and heartbreak to lay bare the emotional bonds between Scott and his partner.