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Behind the candelabra

Bring on the boys

By Francine Stock  

Michael Douglas as Liberace in Steven Soderbergh’s new adaptation (© HBO Films)

In 2005 the drama Brokeback Mountain, about a relationship between two cowboys, won an Oscar for director Ang Lee. Half a dozen years later, another Oscar-winning director, Steven Soderbergh, sought in vain to fund an adaptation of Behind the Candelabra, Scott Thorson’s memoir of his affair with the entertainer Liberace, a man who strenuously (and litigiously) denied his homosexuality to the public. Soderbergh had glittering stars—Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, no less—but the studios told him the…

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