'Behind the Candelabra' review: Matt Damon and Michael Douglas get intimate bringing Liberace's private life to HBO

"Behind the Candelabra" debuts on HBO tonight with so many pre-packaged talking points, it's a wonder a single film can support them all.Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh has been laboring to bring a film about the late entertainer Liberace to the screen since working on 2000's "Traffic" -- when Michael Douglas slipped into an impromptu Liberace impression between takes and sparked Soderbergh's artistic fire. Even though Douglas immediately agreed to play the role and Matt Damon quickly committed to playing Scott Thorson, Liberace's lover and the author of a tell-all book about the relationship, Soderbergh couldn't find a studio willing to finance and release a film on the right terms.Eventually Soderbergh gave up on a theatrical release, "Candelabra" landed at artist-friendly HBO and the result -- which Soderbergh has called his final feature film -- was invited into the prestigious competition section of the Cannes Film Festival, where it received the sort of international attention (and...



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