Tuesday, 21 May 2013

BEHIND THE CANDELABRA IS ONE OF CANNES' BIGGEST HITS SO FAR


How's this for going out with a bang? If not in US theatres, then at least still in touch with the world of cinema, as Steven Soderbergh's shortly-HBO-headed Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra has just screened in Cannes to terrific reviews. But will American distributors' reluctance to back so high-quality a product only further disenfranchise him with the industry?

Robbie Collin at The Telegraph writes that Behind the Candelabra is 'exceptional', and rates it a full five stars. Guy Lodge at Hitfix is pleased to have seen the film on the big screen, and notes the good performances of stars Michael Douglas, Matt Damon and Rob Lowe, whose cameo Sasha Stone at Awards Daily describes as 'spectacular.' More good reports come from The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw, The Hollywood Reporter's Todd McCarthy, The Playlist's Kevin Jagernauth and Variety's Peter Debruge. A lot of attention around this film, which will have its American TV premiere this Sunday on HBO.