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The Making of 'Behind the Candelabra': VIDEO


Early in May I posted a "making of" featurette on Behind the Candelabra, the Liberace biopic that premiered last night on HBO. Late this week, HBO posted a new "extended" 14-minute version of that featurette with extra material, which is definitely worth checking out if you enjoyed the film.

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...

What did you think of the film? Love it? Hate it? Let us know in the comments.

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  1. I thought it was awesome. Impressive performances by Michael Douglas and Matt Damon. Although it made me like Liberace a lot less.

    Posted by: matt | May 27, 2013 8:25:35 PM

  2. Admit it, Andy, you just wanted another excuse to look at Matt Damon's ass.

    Posted by: Jerry | May 27, 2013 8:29:47 PM

  3. hi jerry -- in andy's defense, Matt Damon's is beautiful .......... :)

    Posted by: steve | May 27, 2013 8:37:57 PM

  4. I enjoyed the visual lurid factor of the film --
    Rob Lowe"s character was absolutely creepy....

    Posted by: steve | May 27, 2013 8:42:40 PM

  5. Is anyone else tired of hearing about this? OK, OK, there's a movie about a campy closeted gay guy from olden times on the network that costs $250 a year to subscribe to.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | May 27, 2013 8:46:52 PM

  6. As expected, the story was one-sided and thin. Matt Damon made it worth the watch.

    Posted by: RLW | May 27, 2013 8:50:04 PM

  7. It was ok... less salacious than expected. Damon has a great ass!

    Posted by: Holiday Baker Man | May 27, 2013 8:51:46 PM

  8. It was amazing. It was "Boogie Nights" + "Showgirls" + "Boys In The Band" + "Casino" + "Female Trouble" all rolled into one. Best movie of the year by far.

    Posted by: hughman | May 27, 2013 9:05:20 PM

  9. Really liked it. It avoided superficial caricature, both leads presented complexities and nuance. I thought it was groundbreaking in the sense that the sexual orientation of their relationship didn't feel like it was the focus or core of the story; but rather their complexity of codependent need, and the seductive but ultimately constraining, almost crippling, nature of mega-celebrity.

    Posted by: Jeff Kurtti | May 27, 2013 9:18:09 PM

  10. Behind The Candelabra was about two camp guys but the one about the lesbians at Cannes was called "erotic" and "sensual" and featured extended love-making scenes. Double standards all round from the movie industry and Cannes in particular.

    Posted by: kirt | May 27, 2013 9:25:50 PM

  11. Review: "Sign of the times: This paean to '70s and '80s excess was rendered faithfully" I loved the movie, and could relate to the mentality of that time. Matt Damon was amazing, as well as Michael Douglas. I had the same hair as Matt, kind of uncanny. As the relationship deteriorated, the similarity to today was spot on -- especially the language -- and the deceit of course.

    Posted by: GB | May 27, 2013 9:44:53 PM

  12. Matt Damon still looks amazingly hot- I would watch this just for him.

    Posted by: jaragon | May 27, 2013 9:50:16 PM

  13. Why was Behind The Candelabra relegated to the queer section at Cannes? Wasn't it good enough for consideration in the main section along with the "lesbian epic"? Cannes' homophobic double standard is noted and won't be forgotten.

    So far, Andy of Towleroad appears to have totally neglected to comment upon this double standard. What's wrong, Andy? Don't you like criticizing your fellow liberals at Cannes for their homophobic double standards?

    Posted by: brian | May 27, 2013 10:03:47 PM

  14. The late 70's represented a very special and iconic time to be gay. Still a bit risque, but with a life of its' own--growing and changing. These weren't such old times. Old times belong to old couples and long marriages. Not on the radar then.

    Posted by: GB | May 27, 2013 10:05:41 PM

  15. Because if anything the conservatives I support and call family have NO double standards. They just hate me and my gayness with no concessions made for lesbians.

    Did you know that if I don't say anything anti-liberal at least 20 times a day they force me to change my grandma's diapers?

    Posted by: brian | May 27, 2013 10:18:39 PM

  16. Snore. Lived it, don't need to watch it.

    Posted by: evan_la | May 27, 2013 10:21:42 PM

  17. I had no IDEA that was Debbie Reynolds.

    I still don't believe that was her.

    Posted by: JeffNYC | May 27, 2013 10:30:26 PM

  18. It was what I expected. Good solid movie. I'm thankful to be a gay man in THIS era.

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | May 27, 2013 11:07:00 PM

  19. "Snore. Lived it, don't need to watch it."

    But need to comment about it...

    Posted by: Jeff Kurtti | May 27, 2013 11:07:09 PM

  20. I typed up my reactions to this last night and I'll repost them here. I'm afraid I liked it a lot less than some of the others here, but I tried to be honest to my initial response.

    I just saw the HBO Liberace movie, "Behind the Candelabra", and I feel like I've been to the zoo. It's all lavish excess. There's garish furniture; gaudy clothing; rampant sex, porn, and drug addictions; trips to the plastic surgeon. Reviews are praising Michael Douglas and I'm sure he'll rack up a shelfful of awards, but what a cheerless story. A kept (mid-western?) boy seems to enjoy the tinsel-y Hollywood-Vegas lifestyle: the swimming pool and fox furs and jewels (Liberace gives him dozens of gold bracelets and rings that go up to the knuckle), and indoor marble bubble bath jacuzzi -- and the lecher queen sugar daddy who uses him for sex until he's ready for a younger model (Cheyenne Jackson is the next boy toy). Douglas does have the gay-ghetto mannerisms and vocal inflections of a nelly kid who came to maturity during the 1940s. Liberace is definately an old-school type of gay man (Paul Lynne, the center square on the old "Hollywood Squares" was this type, too, I think) and Douglas plays him with ease, with aplomb -- his personality suggests he takes his adoring fans and sold-out shows and capes and substantial wealth for granted.

    But there seems to be an emptiness at the heart of the movie -- and it's not just the placid dead look in Matt Damon's eyes after one of his cocaine binges. Damon is pretty much paranoid and spun during the second half of the film, continuously snorting coke in his bathroom or on somebody's living room table. For all the graphic sex and intimate conversations in bed and in the jacuzzi, Douglas and Damon don't seem to have much chemistry. There's little emotional connection. They look past each other. They seem to get by on sex (not just with each other) and gifts and the emoitonal highs of show business. This is being marketed as a LOVE story. I felt like I had to shower to scrape off the glitter and superficial entanglements when it ended. Debbie Reynolds gives a somewhat redeeming performance as Liberace's mother; and Rob Lowe, too, as an over-the-top dandyish southern California plastic surgeon who writes scripts for pain medications like he's passing out candy and looks like he's had so many peels and facelifts himself he's unable to move any muscles at all on his perpetually tanned face.

    Posted by: will | May 27, 2013 11:15:20 PM

  21. I think Will hit the nail on the head so to speak. Lifeless is how I explained it also.

    Posted by: bructer | May 27, 2013 11:30:07 PM

  22. I'm watching a rerun on HBO2 right now and this movie is so creepy so far. I can't even imagine how horrified I'd be if Matt Damon looked 17 like he's supposed to instead of 35.

    Posted by: JMC | May 27, 2013 11:43:07 PM

  23. Say what you will. Living today is so much more fulfilling. Everyone is tied to a gadget, walking around looking down. Relating to a computer. All I can say is sorry you missed it. Segway - It's funny how gay men are taking the lesbian movie award. I've always felt gay men and lesbians were like apples and oranges. We couldn't be any more different, but we put on a good front. I think lesbians have less tolerance for gay men, than we bestow on them. After all, they crave what we do not, and visa versa.

    Posted by: GB | May 27, 2013 11:46:32 PM

  24. Will: You could benefit from more time at the zoo. It's sad to be afraid of the world at such a young age.

    Posted by: GB | May 27, 2013 11:50:27 PM

  25. The movie was okay. Matt Damon was fantastic, Michael Douglas not so much.

    Posted by: Tony Diaz | May 28, 2013 12:03:02 AM

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