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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