Films: Capote

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Following the events during the writing of Truman Capote's book In Cold Blood, Capote is a biographical film about Truman Capote, based off Gerald Clarke's biography, Capote. Did you get all of that?

Truman Capote becomes interested in the murder of four of the members of the Clutter family, and plans to document a story for the New York Times. He brings along his childhood friend Harper Lee as a go-between, and help him with the story. The more information Capote discovers about the case, the more he becomes intrigued. He decides instead of a story,  he is going to write a book. When the murder victims are caught however, that is when events start to become a little strange. 

Capote gets the opportunity to meet the the murder suspects, Perry Smith and Dick Hickcock. He  begins to form an attachment to Perry, having come from similar backgrounds. He tells Perry and Dick that they are his friends, and plans to help them in every way possible, everything from getting them a better lawyer, to getting an appeal. The legal appeals drag on for years, causing Capote much distress, as he cannot finish his book without an ending. Capote's obsession with his novel and his attachment for Perry (despite the fact that he is a murderer) starts to weigh on him as he cannot decide what is really the right thing to do in the end, and if his own motives for helping these men are for the reasons they appear. 

In truth, this film is haunting. However, I cannot help but admire how real all of the characters were portrayed. Shock, anger, and pity are the emotions played up in this film, so prepare yourself. 

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7 Musings

  1. This is something I would love to see. I re-read 'Breakfast At Tiffany's' multiple times per year, and just love how Capote writes. :)

  2. Now you have to watch IN COLD BLOOD.

    I love this actor, too.

  3. When I think of this case..I think of Starkweather..a similar case here in my home state. Just this week, Starkweather's ex was in a carwreck in Michigan.

  4. It was an intriguing film. Great review!

  5. Very cool review. I have a picture of him on my desk at work.Phillip Seymour Hoffman.

  6. I've got to watch this. Thanks Sara!

  7. Good review. The film was great (physically big Philip SH convinced us he was tiny TC) and the real-life story is important. I enjoy when you discuss culture.


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