Director: Bennett Miller
Writers: Dan Futterman (screenplay), Gerald Clarke (book)
Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Clifton Collins Jr., Catherine Keener
Release Date: February 3, 2006
In 1959, Truman Capote learns of the murder of a Kansas family and decides to write a book about the case. While researching for his novel In Cold Blood, Capote forms a relationship with one of the killers, Perry Smith, who is on death row.
One of my favorite books is Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, so when a movie was made on Truman Capote’s reporting of the Clutter murders, it was only natural that I would be looking forward to it.
Away from the true crime factor I thought the muted colors of cinematography and costumes was appropriate and set the tone for the film, serious colors for a serious theme. Even though Truman Capote was flamboyant, I think adding bright colors to his wardrobe would have ruined the design of the film, with outlandish clothing drawing attention away from the subject matter.
Phillip Seymour Hoffman was dead on with his portrayal of Truman Capote and if he had been a few inches shorter would have been a dead ringer. His hand gestures, mannerisms and dress set him apart from the crowd. There is a scene in which he turns around to show off a new coat and another proclaiming his scarf was “Bergdof” truly setting off his character, but this also made him oblivious to other’s reception of him or a consideration to others.