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Detroit Free Press Julie Hinds column

May 26, 2013


May 26--"Behind the Candelabra," which debuts at 9 p.m. Sunday on HBO, has a top-notch director, Steven Soderbergh, and the dream cast of Michael Douglas as Liberace, the flamboyant piano virtuoso, and Matt Damon as Scott Thorson, his romantic partner and eventual author of a tell-all book. Set amid the lavish splendor of Liberace's onstage and offstage life, the movie is a glittery window into the extravagance of the showman's every move and the pain of life in an era when being gay meant hiding the truth about yourself. The movie is competing at the Cannes film festival, but it's airing here on pay cable because movie studios were leery of the subject matter. Does this mean TV now officially has more guts than film? And more quality?


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