Capote – a masterpiece

G and I saw Capote last night.

Philip Seymour Hoffman plays Truman Capote, a writer (author of Breakfast at Tiffanys and writer for the New Yorker) who becomes obsessed with the murder of a family in Kansas, and forms a bond with one of the men accused of the murder, Perry Smith (top row of photos).  Through his friendship with Smith, Capote researches material for his book, In Cold Blood, which is published to critical acclaim.

Philip Seymour Hoffman is astonishing as Capote – capturing not only the mannerisms and speech of Capote, but also manages to convey some of the turmoil and contradictions of the man who both sympathises (perhaps even loves) the accused men, and yet exploits their predicament.  Hoffman must be a candidate for Best Actor.

Definitely recommended.

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Owen Barder

Owen is Senior Fellow and Director for Europe at the Center for Global Development and a Visiting Professor in Practice at the London School of Economics. Owen was a civil servant for a quarter of a century, working in Number 10, the Treasury and the Department for International Development. Owen hosts the Development Drums podcast, and is the author Running for Fitness, the book and website. Owen is on Twitter and