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:: Capote

Truman Capote is well known for his book Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1958), but the American novelist gained international fame and recognition with the release of his award winning ‘non-fiction novel’ In Cold Blood (1968). The film opens in 1959 and follows Capote through his investigation of the murder of a country family from Kansas, and his six year obsession with the crime and killers responsible. This obsession eventually led to the release of his greatest, and last completed novel; In Cold Blood. Yet the experience appeared to destroy Capote, who began as a brilliant eccentric personality, and finished as a lost, confused and saddened creature.

The film, based on a novel by Gerald Clarke, follows two stories. The first is a thorough exploration of the production of In Cold Blood. The second is a close examination of Truman Capote’s unique character. Philips Seymour Hoffman as Capote presents a fascinating male novelist, with a great depth of personality. Accompanying him is Harper Lee (Catherine Keener) a friend from his Alabama childhood, and author of the world renowned and Pulitzer Prize winning novel, To Kill a Mockingbird.

Capote’s obsession with his work is both selfish and self destructive, but the brilliance that emanates from this character is enough for viewers to forgive his short comings. This film can be slow at times, but clearly demonstrates Capote’s complex personality.