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The World of Liberace 1972

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Tony Palmer directs this documentary on the flamboyant musician and entertainer, Liberace. Between the 1950s and the 1970s Liberace was recognised as the best paid entertainer in the world. He made much use of his wealth, buying antiques, works of art and enjoying a lavish lifestyle. In 1972 he afforded Palmer access to this lifestyle, offering him a tour of his Hollywood and Palms Springs homes and talking about his life and career.

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Director Tony Palmer
Genres Documentary
Studio Boulevard Entertainment Ltd
Rental release 7 July 2013
Main languages English

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If you are a fan of Liberace's over-the-top jois de vivre, vulgarity and glamour you will love this dvd as I did! I watched it this afternoon - Christmas Eve - as there was nothing decent on TV and it was wonderful fun - perfect festive viewing!

This dvd really is a gem. It is Liberace himself giving viewers a personal tour of his glamorous home and his priceless antiques, clothes, cars, pet dogs and kitsch ornaments. A fascinating peek into the life of a legend. He really did live in high style (who else would have their garden CARPETED?!) but he also came across as such a sweet and lovable chap - as the legions of middle aged female fans featured in the dvd prove. He was clearly much loved by the public. His guided tour of his home is intercut with concert footage which reveals the charisma, showmanship and artistry which earned him the money to run his lavish lifestyle.

I was left reflecting how sad it was that he was unable to come out as gay in his lifetime, and feels he has to make excuses to explain why he never married. Had he been born just a decade or two later he could have been open about his sexuality without it affecting his success or standing. It was also hugely unlucky that AIDs came along and took his life when (like the great Freddie Mercury) he would have survived it had the medication been available then to treat him.

All in all I found this documentary thoroughly entertaining, funny and heartwarming. Liberace never minded sending himself up to make people laugh, a wonderful trait in any gifted human being. God bless him, he really was fabulous, his dvd has made my day! Do yourself a favour, crack open a bottle of fizz and sit down to watch this, what a treat you have in store!
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Having been brought up in the 50s/60s, as a school kid I used to watch the Liberace TV show, recently saw the DvD of "Behind the Candelabra" with Micheal Douglas, decided to have a look at the real thing once again, what a Superstar this guy was, I became a professional keyboard man in my life & can only look on at the extravaganza involved, as the sleeve notes state, "you start off by laughing at him, you end up laughing with him" all the way to his Bank, the film goes through all his houses & possessions, totally over the top themes, there was truly no body like Liberace, the sincerity just oozes out of this guy, it was just a pity how he died probably of the Aids virus. Summing up, just enjoy the film & his world, while he was still living.
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As old as what these documentaries are - they are still Liberace - a legend in his own time and for us golden oldies the nostalgia is still there when we listen to this self indulgent man.
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Absolutely love the dvd....love seeing how the man lived and what his magnificent talent earned him. His talent is indescribable. One particular saying of his to a young boy in the dvd when he was mingling with his audience was '' see what you get when you practice '' showing the boy his
well earned '' riches '' I thought was very touching ( and funny )....What a wonderful, wonderful sweet man he was and so, so generous. I for 1 miss you very much Wladziu Valentino and your music. Rest in peace !!!
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Prompt delivery - This DVD gives a good insight into the world of Liberace. It displays his lifestyle of clothes, jewellery and interior décor of his houses. It also shows how popular he was during the 50/60's appearing on TV and in concerts - Yes, I would certainly recommend this film.
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Quite interesting to see, before the film with Mat Damon and Michael Douglas.A bit sad when you know he was living a lie,
not being able to come out as a gay man.
He does seem quite a lovable person eager to brag about all his belongings.

Lili Johansen
Denmark
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This was a very good DVD most natural and informative , showing his homes and his life style plus with Liberace explaining items that he possessed etc .I found it very enjoyable.
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A fascinating insight into the "over the top" life of an extraordinary showman. A well -made documentary as usual by Tony Palmer.
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