Rating: R for violent images and strong language
Run Time: 1 hour, 50 minutes
The Best Actor Oscar race promises to be smoking hot courtesy of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s delirious turn as the shrill and effeminate Truman Capote.
focuses its lens on 1959, when media darling Capote happens upon a New York
Times article about the brutal murders of the simple, upstanding Clutter family
With the support
of “researcher and bodyguard” Harper Lee (the superb Catherine Keener as the To
Kill a Mockingbird author) and the blessing of his editor Capote sets out
Capote dives into his research with abandon, befriending accused killer Perry Smith (Clifton Collins, Jr.) with whom he feels a curious bond. Perry is sensitive, moody, creative and altogether misunderstood, a fair assessment of Capote himself.
literary salons of
What to say about Hoffman? He channels Truman Capote with every fiber of his being; flawlessly capturing the essence of one of the literary world’s great love affairs; Capote in love with Capote. Sartorially splendid and brimming with attitude, the Southern-bred raconteur rubs many the wrong way but his genius is unparalleled.
Debut director (!) Bennett Miller crafts a marvelously rich and absorbing biopic of man and mystery and the subtle nuances that make twisted brilliance tick.