Capote, the Movie
I never thought it could be done, but some gifted young film makers have done it. They have made a wonderful movie from my biography of Truman Capote. But don’t take my word for it. Read some of the reviews printed below, which are just a sampling of the praise that has been heaped upon this extraordinary movie, the one everybody is talking about and wants to see.
But the film covers only five years of Capote’s life, the years he was researching and writing In Cold Blood. My book Capote, which has just been reissued in paperback, has the rest of his life—the full story of one of the most fascinating figures of this or any other time. "I won’t respect you unless you tell the whole truth," Capote told me. And that is exactly what I’ve done.—Gerald Clarke
Praise for the Movie
"Capote takes as its subject the nonfiction landmark In Cold Blood, and the story the film tells couldn't be more involving, or more devastating…Gerald Clarke, whose superb biography is the basis for Capote, says the book's success was the start of its author's decline."
"Capote is exceptional in every sharp-eyed, low-keyed detail…Screenwriter Dan Futterman adapts roughly 50 pages, or one-tenth, of Gerald Clarke's absorbing Capote biography."
"Capote is a film of uncommon strength and insight…Philip Seymour Hoffman's precise, uncanny performance as Capote doesn't imitate the author so much as channel him."
"…surely one of the year's absolute best, with a performance from Philip Seymour Hoffman that's so simultaneously rich and subtle, they should just give him the Oscar now and get it over with."
© 2006 Gerald Clarke
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