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Designing Behind The Candelabra
Designing Behind The Candelabra

AIR DATE: May 24, 2013

The HBO biopic "Behind the Candelabra" focuses on the tempestuous relationship between showman Libarace and his much younger chauffer, Scott Thorson. The screenplay takes us behind the candelabra, but what about the candelabra itself, as well as the cars, capes and jewelry that adorn Liberace's uber-glitzy world? The movie's designers tell us about creating and curating the visual elements of the film.



Howard Cummings, Production Desinger, Behind the Candelabra

Ellen Mirojnick, Costume Designer, Behind the Candelabra


Photo: Liberace Foundation

Howard Cummings: “(The Liberace Foundation) archived a lot of his jewelry that Liberace wore, so we had a lot of documentation – we were able to get the original pieces and make molds of them. They were very valuable, so we had to recreate the jewelry and when Matt and Michael would put this incredible jewelry on every finger – you could just see their whole posture change.”


Production photos HBO.

“For the main setting in this house, which was his bedroom, which had elements of the Sistine Chapel on the ceiling with huge powder blue carpet on the floor, filigree wallpaper, Grecian tubs and self portraits of him everywhere. It was just completely over the top room and sort of the crown of what he called palatial kitsch as his decorating style.”




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Saw the movie on HBO this weekend and it was great. I decided to drive by Liberace's house on Shirley St across from Thomas and Mack this weekend. My heart sank when I saw it. It was very sad to see pigeons had taken over the property, no more grass, the once ornate gates were slammed open. I looked in through a window and did notice the big chandelier was on. It is a shame we don't seem to care about preserving some of the interesting elements that made this great city an entertainment mecca.
MariaMay 29, 2013 14:24:30 PM
Las Vegas native here. Both the Desert Inn and New Frontier had Dancing Waters shows in the 1950's.
SergeMay 24, 2013 09:54:52 AM
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