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Behind the Candelabra premieres tonight
  • The Behind the Candelabra discussion thread. What do you think of the film, and what are your favorite moments, scenes, quotes and costumes?
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    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 27th, 2013 04:10 am (UTC) (Link)


    A few tweets from famous folks (just today's tweets):

    Adam Shankman ‏@adammshankman13m
    @Bitchuation @hbo #BehindTheCandelabra is brilliant. U, Michael Douglas & Matt Damon r emmy bound. Thx u@RobLowe 4 my fave perf of the year

    Rosie O'Donnell ‏@Rosie52s
    LOVED the HBO movie behind the candelabra - great performances by all !!

    Cheyenne Jackson ‏@cheyennejackson40s
    Thanks Kevin, had a gr8 time. RT @kevwilliamson: Awesome job @cheyennejackson in Behind the Candelabra -- amazing performances all around.

    Michael Ian Black ‏@michaelianblack1m
    Everybody for "Behind the Candelabra" deserves Oscars, but Rob Lowe deserves a Nobel Peace Prize.

    Rosie Perez ‏@rosieperezbklyn2m
    #Candelabra is insane! #Michaeldouglas #MattDamon are all in! No pun intended;) Really great performances. @HBO

    Patton Oswalt ‏@pattonoswalt7m
    I'm going to tweet a lot more snarky shit, but this movie is amazing. Michael Douglas is transcendent. #behindthecandelabra

    Colin Cowie ‏@colincowie8m
    Michael Douglas and Matt Damon r amazing in #BehindtheCandelabra

    Willie Garson ‏@WillieGarson2m
    Matt Damon and Michael Douglas are freakin movie STARS....THAT'S how you commit to roles.....#humbling

    Willie Garson ‏@WillieGarson20m
    If Behind the Candelabra was 37 hours long, it would still be too short....fantastic

    mia farrow ‏@MiaFarrow 2h
    Prizes for everybody in #BehindtheCandelabra

    Adam Shankman ‏@adammshankman 19m
    I may or may not be watching #BehindTheCandelabra 4 the 3rd time tonight now

    Anne Rice
    "Behind the Candelabra" on HBO. Wow, what a riveting film. I'll be thinking about it for a long time. Did I see amazing candor about the world and love life of Liberace? Did I see two magnificent performances -- Michael Douglas and Matt Damon --- or what? Comments welcome.

    Best tweet exchange:
    Rob Lowe ‏@RobLowe 30m
    “@JoshMalina: You killed it. “@RobLowe: #BehindTheCandelabra TONIGHT on #HBO !!!!!”” Thanks, Will!

    Edited at 2013-05-28 01:44 pm (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 27th, 2013 07:13 am (UTC) (Link)


    Dominic Monaghan ‏@DomsWildThings 2h
    As if we didn't think it was gonna be good with @hbo and talented people throughout but #behindthecandelabra was superb. I feel fierce!!

    Dominic Monaghan ‏@DomsWildThings 1h
    @pattonoswalt:Oh goddamit,this ending is genuinely making me cry.What the fuck is happening? #behindthecandelabra--you are becoming fierce!

    Cher ‏@cher 20m
    Watched Behind The Candelabra.At end I felt tears streaming down my cheeks.It was tiny bit slow,but it showed Unvarnished Human Frailty

    Cher ‏@cher 13m
    Michael & Matt were both AMAZING.
    Michael Had Flasher/ Harder Part .Its almost impossible 2 pull off an impersonation,MICHAEL ACED IT !

    Cher ‏@cher 3m
    it was the looks in Matt’s eyes,from the last time he went 2 C Lee,till the Very Last Frame.There were,No Villains,No Hero’s,Just Humans

    Edited at 2013-05-27 07:49 am (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 27th, 2013 01:10 pm (UTC) (Link)


    Obviously there are spoilers here ...

    I was struck by the way the film took the outlandishness of everything - the fame, the lifestyle, the costumes, the sets, the hair, the cars, the clothes - and placed it all in a recognizable human scale. It humanized it all and made it seem relatable, perhaps because the conversations are the same ones we all have. I think that was my favorite thing about the movie, when the characters just talked. The script was wonderful in the way it revealed character through subtext. Of course, that's great acting, too. When you perceive that what a character means may be inferred in what he said, but was not explicitly stated, or may be different from what he stated. Like when they started having arguments and you could perceive Liberace getting bored and Scott becoming frightened.

    I loved many scenes, but the one that I replayed twice after watching the movie the first time was when Scott is backstage and asks several people "where's Lee?" And they look through him like he doesn't exist. Then he finds Lee obviously becoming smitten with somebody else. Matt's face there was wonderful. Crushed, scared. And when he was stoned and freaking out with his drug dealer. Fantastic acting. Also when he came back from the funeral
    - wow!

    One critic put it well. Matt made you empathize with a person you could never actually respect.

    The costumes deserve their own post, so more thoughts on that later. Gotta go now.

    To sum it up, though, it was terrific.
    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: May 27th, 2013 05:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Wow! "Behind the Candelabra" was super good. Uncomfortable, awkward at times, hilarious at times, over the top campy, but also very heartbreaking and sad. Who knows the extent of truth to Thorson's side of the story but there was love and loss. A very flamboyant talent and a little boy turned man still "lost in the woods". 4 out of 5 stars.

    I thought Douglas was excellent from the start. Matt's performance increased as Douglas' stayed level. I thought Matt's scenes when he was paranoid talking to the drug dealer and the scene when he finally gave-in and collapsed on the floor were his strongest. The bare bum a few times was a nice touch :)

    Favorite Scenes: "Pig, pig in a blanket"; "Good Morning, Looks Who's Up"; Matt distraught in a black sequined bikini; Matt rising out of pool in white bikini; Debbie Reynolds asking for a personal check; The finale.


    Edited at 2013-05-27 05:59 pm (UTC)
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 28th, 2013 05:32 am (UTC) (Link)


    Thanks for the reviews everyone. The majority of people really seem to like it, and one person wrote that the ratings were good, but I haven't seen that formally. It's great there are a lot of repeat viewings of the film on HBO, and that you can watch it three times in a row if you want (as I've seen quite a few times).

    I've seen tweets referencing the movie from Jon Favreau, Jimmy Kimmel, Andy Richter, Andy Cohen, Kathy Griffin etc.

    A few media responses:






    Edited at 2013-05-28 01:47 pm (UTC)
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 27th, 2013 10:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I don't have HBO so, I searched for Behind the Candelabra online on some of these websites that you can watch movies & TV shows for free and then I found one to watch and I did watched Behind the Candelabra online and I was pretty good the only thing I enjoyed the best was definitely Matt Damon, he was good and I love the way when he gets angry I think it's fun so, great job Matt!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: May 28th, 2013 05:34 am (UTC) (Link)
    The top searches for 'Behind the Candelabra' yesterday were: Behind the Candelabra, Behind the Candelabra torrent and Behind the Candelabra stream. I presume lots of people saw it through a range of methods, including potentially much of the UK audience as doesn't open there for a few weeks.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 28th, 2013 10:40 am (UTC) (Link)
    this part what I said 'I was pretty good' I made a mistake and I instead of it I really meant to say is 'it was pretty good' lol
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 28th, 2013 12:38 am (UTC) (Link)

    Behind the candelabra

    One word-

    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 28th, 2013 01:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

    great movie

    excuse the pun,but michael douglas pulls it off with a magnificent performance,matt damon is great too.the scenes with rob lowe made me laugh
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 28th, 2013 01:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

    great movie 2

    once again great performances and direction all round.i bet the studios are kicking themselves as this is oscar material for direction,lead actor and supporting actor
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 28th, 2013 03:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Behind the Candelabra

    Loved the film.
    Thank God those days of having to hide you sexuality are past. What do you think their relationship would have been like if it was today?
    Loved it guys.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 28th, 2013 04:39 pm (UTC) (Link)


    The fashions were such a hoot it's hard to pick a favorite. But the matching white suits with the long fur coats were what the word fabulous was created to describe. The juxtaposition with the tawdry sex club made the while scene more powerful. Matt striding angrily through the house - completely unselfconsciously - In what amounted to a black glitter-spangled g-string made me laugh out loud. If you can pull that off, wow. Looking at the photo I see that the black shirt had thin stripes of glitter as well.

    I thought it was interesting that when Matt was wearing that assertive red and black patterned shirt he more or less openly defying Liberace by going to LA by himself. Not an accident I'm sure. I would actually love to see a long article, or even a book about the fashions, and here whether it was Soderbergh or he wardrobe people who made the decisions as to what clothes went where.

    Also appreciated that Scott's post-Liberace was so cheap and utilitarian. It made the change in his life hit home visually. He's vividly no longer a boy toy.

    As someone who has an interest in historical fashion I appreciated that they exploited the time frame and location spectacularly well. Just great. I've DVR'd it and will watch it again just from a fashion perspective.

    4mattdamon From: 4mattdamon Date: May 28th, 2013 07:17 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Candelabra

    Hey Paula!
    Did you see this article?

    From: (Anonymous) Date: May 28th, 2013 04:42 pm (UTC) (Link)


    I forgot, there's a couple of nice photos of Matt &Michael inside the Cannes premiere.
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