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In November, 1959, Truman Capote, the author of Breakfast at Tiffany's and a favorite figure in what is soon to be known as the Jet Set, reads an article on a back page of the New York Times. It... View more >
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Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Clifton Collins... View more >
Oscar Winner for Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Philip Seymour Hoffman)
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Hoffman will get an Oscar nomination. The story drags at points, but has some important insights into human nature.
"Capote" tells the story of auther Truman Capote's quest to research for the book "In Cold Blood," a book about a brutal murder of a family.(If I can find the time, I would love to read that book) Philip Seymour Hoffman gave a brilliant performance as the auther, a man who came from the East Coast, who venture into the midwest to write about a story about a brutal murder that rarely happens in a rural society. That book inwhich he wrote, made him famous. "Capote" is a powerful movie with superb acting all around, and I love that music score which sat the tone for the movie. With "Capote," I have seen all five movies which made up this year's Best Picture list at the Academy Awards.
Dumb act--on my part, that is. I waited to see this movie on DVD. So, that's where I saw it first--just a few days ago in fact. That viewing was "okay." Then, because my wife hadn't seen it yet, she insisted we see it in a theater. Big surprise, right? It "worked" better for me in a theater--especially some flashbacks to murder scenes, and then an execution scene near the end. Those murder scenes & execution are counterpoints to one another when they're looming up in front of me on a big, big screen. Those just packed a greater punch for me that way--and it was my 2nd viewing but still seemed "fresher" because of projection size & sound system.
This is a great movie character study, and Hoffman is AWESOME in it as Capote. I understand better now why awards went as they did for Hoffman's work. Also, the soundtrack was way better in the theater. Our TV has pretty crappy sound quality in comparison. Another reviewer said they really liked the moody score--and yes--big surprise again, right?--the soundtrack packed more punch in a theater with an effective sound sytem.
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