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STORYLINE Before Elvis, before Elton John, Madonna and Lady Gaga, there was Liberace: virtuoso pianist, outrageous entertainer and flamboyant star of stage and television.
A name synonymous with showmanship, extravagance and candelabras, he was a world-renowned performer with a flair that endeared him to his audiences and created a loyal fan base spanning his 40-year career. Liberace lived lavishly and embraced a lifestyle of excess both on and off stage. In summer 1977, handsome young stranger Scott Thorson walked into his dressing room and, despite their age difference and seemingly different worlds, the two embarked on a secretive five-year love affair.
BEHIND THE CANDELABRA takes a behind-the-scenes look at their tempestuous relationship – from their first meeting backstage at the Las Vegas Hilton to their bitter and public break-up.
The glitter and kitsch, and jaw-dropping performances by Michael Douglas as the middle-age Liberace and Matt Damon as his much younger boy-toy Scott Thorson, make this a wild ride without compare.
-Nancy DeWolf Smith, WALL STREET JOURNAL
The rampantly heterosexual Douglas might seem a stretch as Liberace, but from that first moment on the Vegas stage he nails the character, which quickly transcends mimicry for sympathetic evocation.
-Richard Corliss, TIME MAGAZINE
Damon has made an unforgettable character. Scott Thorson is unknown and he comes out of the dark as the story that needs to be told.
-David Thomson, THE NEW REPUBLIC
Meeting Time for Movie: 10:30am
Movie Session Time: 11:00am
Meeting Point: We'll gather in the upstairs lounge area from 10:30am onwards for a coffee before the movie.
Tickets: If you have a Palace Cinemas membership card (or a concession card), please buy your ticket, grab a coffee and take a seat in the upstairs lounge. If you don't have a discount card, please see me before the movie, as I have arranged a group discount.
Parking: Parking is generally easy to find near the cinema on a Sunday. Be careful not to park in a parking space reserved for customers of a shop which is open for Sunday trading. If you do this you risk having your car towed. However, if the store is closed on Sundays, then you should be safe. I've never heard of anyone being towed from a parking space for a shop which is closed on Sundays, however, I can't provide a 100% guarantee that this could not happen.
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