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"Behind the Candelabra" HBO Liberace Movie

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by MikeAndrews, May 27, 2013.

  1. MikeAndrews

    MikeAndrews Registered abuser

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    Well, knock me over with a Virgin White Fox boa!

    I liked "Behind the Candelabra."

    I would have never thought that I could sit through the whole two hours but it flowed.

    It was faaaabbbb yeeeeww lus. :D

    I'm sure everybody was thinking that Lee just needed to hang on another 20 (30?) years so he could come out of the closet.

    It should be a shoo in for an Emmy for makeup. Before and after plastic surgery, with and without hair, and it holds up in HD. Great job!

    Oh. Every time the scene was in the mansion there were yapping dogs in the soundtrack background. Drove my dogs crazy.
     
  2. MikeAndrews

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    Oh, yeah.

    Both Michael Douglas and Matt Damon did outstanding jobs with the roles.

    I've got that damned Boogie Woogie song stuck in my head. Need brain bleach.
     
  3. sieglinde

    sieglinde New Member

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    Never paid much attention to Liberace. There was a museum sort of near where I lived but I never went. I will Netflix this though and see what the attraction was.
     
  4. MikeAndrews

    MikeAndrews Registered abuser

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    On Netflix it might be a while. You can get it on HBO Go.
     
  5. MikeAndrews

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    Oh, and one thing I didn't know and didn't want to - Not for the Squeemish

    Who knew the gay men's lifestyle
    has pitchers and takers - and I guess - suckers, and some think that taking it up the bum is "disgusting" while they're doing the pumping...and why did they say that Lee had implants to keep it up when he was a catcher? I guess that's part of it.

    EWW.
    BTW, in the "behind the scenes" preview Matt Damon says that he was grateful that Soderbergh "cuts in the camera" so there weren't a lot of takes of those scenes required. When he straddled "Lee" on the chaise lounge he didn't know that Douglas was going to grab his buns.
     
  6. gossamer88

    gossamer88 HDTV Snob

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    THought Damon was very good. I could never unsee Douglas though.

    It also got boring halfway through.
     
  7. sharkster

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    We went to the Liberace museum in LV a number of years ago. It was very cool. Gone now, but I guess they are going to put up another one somewhere in LV, I think in a casino or something. I purchased a couple of silly mementos.

    There were cars, pianos, and a lot of apparel and such. It was, supposedly, all of his stuff and not just replica stuff.

    As to the subject at hand - the movie - I haven't watched it yet, but hope to watch tonight. I'm very much looking forward to it!
     
  8. Cearbhaill

    Cearbhaill Garden obsessed

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    And I thought I didn't get out much...

    ;)
     
  9. Jolt

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    It was surprisingly good. I didnt know much more than his name to be honest but apparently most of my kids toys spurt out his music. The guy knew the piano for sure. Really sad that Scott got addicted to drugs because of Liberacie and that ended up killing the relationship.
     
  10. pdhenry

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    Poor choice of words... ;)
     
  11. MikeAndrews

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    :D Funny. I have gotten out but I never asked about or picked up on such. I'm too much of a wimp.
     
  12. MikeAndrews

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    They say on the Behind the Scenes that Liberace could have been a successful concert pianist but he decided to go into big show business. I always thought he was about a 8.5 out of 10, but built the hype that he was the greatest. As he says in the movie he was a saloon player.
     
  13. MikeAndrews

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    It just hit me.

    The last few generations probably have no idea about Liberace.

    They must look at him as we thought of the likes of Al Jolson.
     
  14. latrobe7

    latrobe7 Just one more thing

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    I enjoyed this movie and I find Liberace fascinating kind of like Michael Jackson or Howard Hughes. That anyone ever thought he was straight seems as ridiculous today as doctors doing cigarette commercials.

    I wonder how accurate the movie was considering it’s based on the word of Scott Thorson who is kind of a shady guy.

    One detail that doesn't really come through in the movie is that Scott Thorson was 17 when the relationship started and 22 when it ended. I think that’s pretty significant. From watching the movie, my impression was that Thorson was in his mid-late 20’s when he meets Liberace. There’s a big maturity difference with someone age 17 versus, say 25.
     
  15. YCantAngieRead

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    I can't wait to watch this all the way through. I caught ten minutes or so on the hotel TV last night. I really enjoyed it.

    I find that era and Liberace and his fans just completely fascinating.
     
  16. Idearat

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    It had some interesting bits. I hadn't heard about it until I saw Michael Douglas talking about it on Graham Norton, and they showed the scene with Rob Lowe where they discussed Scott's plastic surgery. But watching the whole thing I thought it was a bit of a snoozer. Even with all the makeup, it just felt like watching Matt Damon and Michael Douglas fooling around.

    I lived in Las Vegas in 1980-81 and met Liberace in the parking lot of the grocery store near my house, chatted about the custom car he had driven there. It's seemed to be common knowledge that he was gay back then, probably since he would frequent a gay bar just down the block from there.
     
  17. MikeAndrews

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    Wait. I thought they never went out! :rolleyes: I can't imagine him taking one of the cars to go buy bread.

    At the time everybody knew Liberace was gay, but it was supposed to be unsaid. He had all those old lady fans like in the movie how the lady gives the evil look when they say it in the night club.

    There were lots of fopsie gay celebrities that were supposed to be harmless fun. Paul Lynde. Rip Taylor. Billy DeWolfe. Rex Reed. Truman Capote. Charles Nelson Reilly.
     
  18. astrohip

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    I thought it was ok. Not HBO's best, but decent. Call it a B+. Interesting story.

    Wait, Paul Lynde? No, say it ain't so. You take that back.
     
  19. madscientist

    madscientist Deregistered Snoozer

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    My wife really wanted to watch this, I was not interested but, you know... marriage :p

    I thought the movie was well-acted (although I agree I couldn't un-see Michael Douglass... he's just too unique) and interesting. Still, if I had my preference I'd have done something else with those two hours.
     
  20. Idearat

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    Well, it was on the same street as the Liberace Museum and the bar it was claimed he frequented.

    I'm pretty sure it was this one. He said he had a 4-door one also.
    http://www.garageofawesome.com.au/i...spotted-cadillac-seville-grandeur-opera-coupe

    What was funny is that we weren't looking at his car, but the Clénet that was parked right by it, leaning on his car.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clénet_Coachworks
     

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