Last night I watched the HBO movie, Behind the Candelabra starring Micheal Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon as his lover.
I tend not to be crazy about biopics, and this one didn't over wow me. But I did think the close study of the relationship was very sensitively portrayed. Michael Douglas was terrific as the eccentric but warm and needy performer, who only had a few (significant) bursts of power plays over his kept lover, Scott. Matt Damon was good too. But the eventual demise of their relationship was all too predictable and un-nuanced. Ultimately unmoving.
I thought the portrayal of a gay relationship was handled candidly, honestly, and sensitively. But I thought the larger context of the culture's intolerance of homosexuality was missing. There were a few key moments where the closet was brought up, but basically the movie was too insular, depicting their relationship in a vacuum of acceptance and tolerance that doesn't speak to the homophobia of the times