Wednesday, August 7, 2013

At the Movies: Capote

Capote is a biopic of novelist Truman Capote based on Gerald Clarke's biography Capote. The movie  following the events during the writing of Capote's non-fiction book In Cold Blood. While reading The New York Times, Truman Capote is riveted by the story of the Clutter family murders and travels to Kansas with author and friend Harper Lee to interview those involved with the family.During his research for his book Capote develops a close relationship with Perry Smith, one of the killers.

I have to admit I haven't read any of Capote's works other than the novella Breakfast at Tiffany's and know little about the man other than what I have read in the book Fifth Avenue, 5a.m but even without much background it is clear that this film is a masterpiece  The cinematography is absolutely stunning and although the subject is somber the tension is broken with comedic moments.  Philip Seymour Hoffman is incredible (as always) in the role of Capote and the friendship between him and Nelle Harper Lee (Catherine Keener) is beautifully acted and feels completely genuine.

The movie is available on DVD and you can see the trailer here:

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