Only HBO could have done the Liberace movie this big, deep for TV

'Behind the Candelabra' captures key slice of post-war pop culture, American style

By David Zurawik

The Baltimore Sun

9:12 AM EDT, May 26, 2013


Michael Douglas as the glittery Las Vegas pianist, Liberace, and Matt Damon as his young lover -- only HBO could have brought "Behind the Candelabra" to TV with this much style and care.

Douglas, an Oscar winner, is something to behold in this role. Damon is rock solid.

Steven Soderbergh directs, and the supporting cast is a jaw dropper by made-for-TV standards.

Above is a a podcast preview I did with WYPR-FM (88.1) in Baltimore. Enjoy this holiday treat from HBO. I did.

"Behind the Candelabra" premieres at 9 p.m. Sunday (May 26).