Liberace: Behind the Music
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- Rated: G
- Run Time: 1 hours, 37 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: August 9, 2005
- Originally Released: 1988
- Label: Tango Entertainment
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Maureen Stapleton, Victor Garber & Saul Rubinek|
|Performer:||Paul Hipp, Macha Grenon, Linda Smith, Pat Crawford Brown & Michael Dolan|
|Directed by||David Greene|
|Edited by||Yves Langlois|
|Screenwriting by||Gavin Lambert|
|Composition by||Hagood Hardy|
|Produced by||Murray Shostak|
|Director of Photography:||Rene Verzier|
Description by OLDIES.com:
Victor Garber (TV's "Alias", Legally Blonde, Titanic) portrays the legendary child prodigy Liberace, who became one of the world's greatest entertainers, while embracing a lifestyle of flamboyant excess. A gifted classical pianist, fueled by intense poverty, at the age of 17, Liberace was already playing with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra; but Wladiziu Valentino Liberace wanted more. Through a gritty mix of showmanship, determination and dazzling talent, he achieved his dream as the world's highest paid performer. But behind the diamonds and glitter, the wealth and extravagant excess, Liberace became a prisoner of his elaborate double life. His desperate attempts to keep his gay private life secret backfired in a series of public scandals and front-page lawsuits. Truly one of the extraordinary and most successful musical performers of our time, go behind-the-scenes, where truth and rumors converge to reveal the dark secrets of the man they called Mr. Showmanship.
Bespangled pianist Liberace remains one of the most unique performers in the history of popular music. Born of Polish-Italian extraction in 1919 Wisconsin, Wladziu Liberace was a child prodigy, winning a musical scholarship at age seven and making his solo concert debut four years later. When he returned from performing in an armed forces band during WWII, the pianist decided to leave a promising classical career in pursuit of mainstream stardom, and, by the early 1950s, was a successful pop recording artist. As Liberace began utilizing everything from cocktail jazz and Tin Pan Alley standards to easy-listening versions of classical themes, his showmanship expanded, encompassing outrageous costumes and elaborate stage designs. Even after his records stopped selling, Liberace continued to remain a huge concert attraction (particularly in sin-city Las Vegas) until his AIDS-related death in February 1987. This appropriately glitzy made-for-TV biopic dramatizes the long and varied career of the larger-than-life pianist, with actor Victor Garber (ALIAS, TITANIC) turning in a fine lead performance as Mr. Showmanship himself.
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