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October 24, 2015
An actor lucky enough to find a role that works as a pure culmination of his versatile talents is a man cinema has been fortunate to find. A role of such caliber only comes but once in a lifetime, as evidenced by Anthony Hopkins in "The Silence of the Lambs," Robert De Niro in "Raging Bull," or Eddie Redmayne in "The Theory of Everything." Truman Capote is Philip Seymour Hoffman's Hannibal Lecter, Jake LaMotta, Stephen Hawking. It is one of the greatest performances in the history of cinema, not just a performance but also an embodiment, a resurrection. It reminds us why Hoffman's premature death is the most tragic loss of a major talent in the studio system as of late.
Truman Capote himself (1924-1984), by comparison, was also a victim of his own inner demons. A literary genius, he published his first acclaimed work, the short story "Miriam," at the age of 21; he went on to write classic novels such as "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and "In Cold Blood," maintaining a close relationship with the glitz of Hollywood in the process. He was a great storyteller, a great party guest, and an even greater of a personality - I recall Lauren Bacall detailing just how fascinating of a figure he was in her memoir, how much Bogie adored spending time with him. His girlish voice, homosexual flamboyance, and immense self-interest was forgivable in a conservative time period because he was so much larger-than-life than everyone around him.
2005's "Capote" is a tremendously adept biopic that takes place during the tumultuous years in which the author was writing the seminal "In Cold Blood," a true crime novel that told the story of a pair of murderers who heinously massacred a family in rural Kansas. What began as a New York Times article interested in analyzing the effects the murders had on the small town turned into something greater as Capote found himself increasingly compelled to tell a larger tale, eventually becoming so close with the criminals themselves that he even began to fall in love with one of them (Clifton Collins Jr.).
At the heart of the film is Capote's captivating relationships with "To Kill a Mockingbird" author Harper Lee (Catherine Keener), his romantic partner, Jack Dunphy (Bruce Greenwood), his editor (Bob Balaban), and one of the murderers, Perry Smith, and the toll the writing of the novel took on his personal life.
While many biopics are so bent on their central portrayal that they forget to make an affecting film, "Capote," finely directed by Bennett Miller, is so uniformly excellent because it is surrounded by performances that widen the crevasse "In Cold Blood" dug up during its conception. Involved individuals such as Lee and Smith are crucial - Lee represents Capote's life before the book, grounded and intellectual, Smith acting as the detour to his more disturbed self, his writing talents coming second to an eclair of self-doubt and a piling of regret.
Capote's tug-of-war of emotions is best shown during and after scenes of him entertaining party guests. With his constant cravings for attention, he is the best partygoer you'll ever meet, telling one unbelievable story after the next. But soon after you meet a man who appears to consist only of confidence edged genetics, there is a crash, a moment when he has to confront the person he has become. His love for Smith is the peak of his psychological battle. He doesn't want to be in love with a murderer, but he can't help it. He hates himself for it. He knows the only way he'll stumble across some sort of closure will be the execution of "In Cold Blood"'s central figures. It was the last novel he ever published.
As Capote, Hoffman is endlessly brilliant. Watch any interview from the writer and you'll see an original, an eccentric no one in the world could possible emulate. To play him would risk caricaturization. But Hoffman, so detail oriented and nuanced, becomes the man. Never does his recognizable deep, fatherly voice slip out, his oft prominent mouth-breathing - he is Capote, through and through. Even if the film were the kind to pay too much attention to its leading actor, we still would be mesmerized. It's a wonder that it feels so full, so true.
September 28, 2015
Shit Philip Seymour Hoffman...why'd you have to leave us so soon?
September 27, 2015
Amazing acting. the character is dubious.
August 20, 2015
Well made and produced but it's Hoffman's Capote that take the cake.
August 10, 2015
Very strong movie. The hanging scene is brutal. It might turn you against capital punishment then and there. This is a long nuanced movie. I didn't know it was filmed in Winnipeg. I've never been there even though I lived on the prairies. Hoffman displays moments of true genius in this film. The scene near the end when he confronts the condemned men -- he wanted them to die because he needed a resolution for his book.
½ June 14, 2015
Capote is a very interesting character study. Phillip Seymour Hoffman was great, perfectly capturing the mannerisms of the famous author. The story Is very interesting, telling the story of an author who got caught up in the research for his new book based on true events of a family murdered in Kansas. It's a well written and well acted movie, with some emotionally effective scenes, the central bond that grows between Capote and one of the murderers is great. The cinematography Is very good as well. The movie is a bit slow and oddly structured at times though. It won't change your perspective on anything or warrant a rewatch, but it's a very well made film. Capote gets 3.5/5 stars (B).
½ July 13, 2015
While Bennett Miller's cold yet well constructed biopic may only scratch the surface of Truman Capote's psyche, Phillip Seymour Hoffman guides it to become something rather fascinating, nuanced and insightful of the sacrifice to his emotional wellbeing and self respect that was required for the author to write his final masterwork.
March 25, 2015
Capote is an extraordinary picture of Capote's life that portrays his intensity as an artist and as a person, without leaving aside the crimes that inspired him to wrote his best selling book.

This film directed by the great Bennet Miller and written by Dan Futterman follows the period between 1959 to 1965, since at a farm in Kansas, a family friend discovers the dead bodies of four members of the Clutter family, until the american writter publishes his true crime novel "In Cold Blood".

On November 16, 1959, The New York Times published an account of the murders, which began:

Holcomb, Kan., Nov. 15 [1959] A wealthy wheat farmer, his wife and their two young children were found shot to death today in their home. They had been killed by shotgun blasts at close range after being bound and gagged ... There were no signs of a struggle, and nothing had been stolen. The telephone lines had been cut.

That account caught the attention of Truman Capote and his friend Harper Lee, so he called The New Yorker magazine editor William Shawn to tell him that he plans to document the tragedy. When the police catch criminals, he started to enterview them. As time goes on Capote created a bond of friendship with one of the murder, Perry Smith. This situation brings the writer a sense of guilt and confusion in his life.

The performance of Philip Seymour Hoffman is excellent and impeccable, it denote that he work a lot on the character, you will see Truman Capote in the 114 minutes running time. Also i have to say that Catherine Keener is not bad in her role of Harper Lee, the writter of "To Kill a Mokingbird".

This is the good way to make a biopic, emotional and with feelings this film show the important moments of one of the most talented American writers of the twentieth century.
½ June 11, 2015
I haven't seen this movie and I don't like it as much already as never back down beat down edition. If you pansies are looking for a sophisticated artwork then you need to get yourself away from this pretentious piece and go look at some teenagers struggling with hormones and hitting each other.
½ May 16, 2015
Philip Seymore Hoffman's career defining role as the famous writer helps the film over come it's slow moments.
½ May 9, 2015
It was slow, it was boring, and though it may be a true story so it's hard to change, it was weird. It fames Capote as creepy and supportive of murderers without showing intent to think it wrong of him. The one good thing I can say is Seymour Hoffman's excellent performance, but otherwise I hated this film. (66%)
March 19, 2006
Phillip Seymour Hoffman gives a specatacular performance as author Truman Capote.
½ April 3, 2015
Qué pena que este hombre no nos vaya a deleitar más con sus actuaciones. Qué excelencia la suya en esta película...
½ January 10, 2015
The way Philip embraces Truman's personality is just astonishing, that alone is worth three stars. A must see due to the culture weight too.
½ January 4, 2015
Movie was very well acted; but didn't complete the story
½ December 28, 2014
CAPOTE commands a deliberate and sharp on-screen presence, driven by the powerful acting from Hoffman.
July 5, 2009
Truman Capote: It's as if Perry and I grew up in the same house. And one day he stood up and went out the back door, while I went out the front.

Esta película cuenta la historia real del escritor Truman Capote y el proceso de escribir su libro más famoso "In Cold Blood". Narra los eventos del terrible asesinato de una familia en Holcomb, Kansas, y los eventos que transcurrieron años después. Capote y su amiga Harper Lee viajan a este pueblo para investigar el asesinato. Logran entablar una relación con la esposa del sheriff, y rápidamente Al poco tiempo Perry Smith y Richard Hicock son acusados como los asesinos, y se les lleva a juicio. Mientras tanto Capote empieza a desarrollar una relación intima con Perry, la cual continua cuando son condenados a muerte. Capote logra conseguirles un nuevo abogado que logra apelar su sentencia. Esto es un proceso que dura años, mientras que Capote escribe su libro, pero necesita un final. Logra manipular a Perry para que le cuente lo que pasó el día del asesinato, y confiesa que él asesino a los cuatro miembros de la familia a sangre fría y sin piedad. Luego de esta confesión, Capote decide retirarse a escribir y deja atrás a estos hombres, hasta que se le es avisado que el día en el cual van a ser ejecutados se acerca y Perry se envía una carta pidiéndole que asista. Finalmente decide asistir y se da cuenta que esta situación es real y que él ha sido culpable de darle esperanzas a estos hombres y de haberle hecho creer de que estaba ahí para ellos cuando lo único que le importaba era terminar el libro. Luego de eso la culpa lo consumió y no pudo volver a escribir otro libro. Capote es una historia fascinante acerca de la relación de este escritor y Perry. Ambos logran crear una conexión ya que vienen de hogares problemáticos. Además Capote logra ver una faceta sensible y artística lo cual le hace creer por un momento que tal vez es inocente, y como en algún momento dice: "It's as if Perry and I grew up in the same house. And one day he stood up and went out the back door, while I went out the front". De alguna manera siente que si él hubiese tomado el camino equivocado podría haberse convertido en Perry. Una de las razones por las cuales decide continuar con el libro es para darle a estos asesinos algo de humanidad y hacerlos ver como personas y no como monstruos, pero al acercarse a el final de su libro comete la atrocidad de manipularlos para su beneficio. Esta es una línea muy delgada en cuanto moralidad que él decide cruzar y que no hay vuelta atrás. Capote es un personaje bastante pintoresco y que siempre es el centro de atención. En sus reuniones sociales entretiene a todo el mundo con sus historias, pero en el fondo siento que está buscando aceptación. Phillip Seymour Hoffman da una de las actuaciones más profundas de la historia del cine. Interpreta a este personaje de manera pintoresca, pero cuando llega la escena de visitar a Perry y Richard se derrumba y se da cuenta del daño que ha hecho, y su actuación logra capturar todas estas emociones que llevaban encapsuladas durante tanto tiempo. Se transforma en este personaje desde su voz hasta sus manierismos. La transformación te quita el aliento y es uno de los Oscar mejor merecidos. Esta película logra una atmósfera nostálgica y a veces macabra, donde es usada una paleta de colores fría donde los colores dictan el humor de cada escena. En las que Capote se encuentra más tranquilo, son en las cuales vive en España con su pareja, y ahí se iluminan los colores, mientras que en las que está investigando el crimen, y especialmente mientras visita a Perry en la cárcel son sombríos. La dirección es lenta, y de esta manera logra capturar lo que fue el desarrollo de "In Cold Blood", y la fotografía es hermosa de una manera nostálgica. Muchas tomas de la naturaleza, especialmente ramas de árboles o ángulos abiertos de campos de trigo, y se utiliza la luz de manera experta para crear mayor dramatismo. Capote tiene una profundidad emocional tremenda, y el hecho de ser una historia real le da mayor peso. Logran capturar una etapa en al vida de este personaje que a pesar de ser tan pintoresco se nota que oculta un lado oscuro de su persona detrás de esa confianza que demuestra en frente de los demás.
½ September 14, 2013
annoying voice, capote seems like a shitty person to
December 16, 2014
Great acting, but the storyline somehow felt slow and dull to me.
½ December 13, 2014
Well written, sharply directed and featuring excellent performances by its whole cast. Captoe is an interesting and well made look at a very important period in Truman Captoe life.
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