Truman Capote‘s writing of “In Cold Blood” is such an intriguing story that it has resulted in two new feature films about the acclaimed author and his writing of the acclaimed non-fiction novel. Bennett Miller‘s ““Capote”, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman as the writer, debuted last night here in Telluride, prior to screenings at the Toronto and New York film festivals later this month (a Killer Films production dubbed “Every Word Is True” is rumored to have been bumped to late next year).
On day 1 in Telluride “Capote” was clearly the buzz title, showing twice to a potential max capacity of 1,150 people. Hoffman’s nuanced performance as Capote is the big news, the actor brings the character to life in such a rich way that for the first few minutes its nearly hard to take it: the voice, the mannerisms, the style. But as Capote learns of the murder of a family in rural Kansas and begins researching the story for a book, the film swiftly becomes an engrossing exploration of the relationship between Capote and one of the killers, offering a fascinating study of the relationship between the two. The look, the mood, the script, and the performances are all exceptional.
Equally engrossing was Hany Abu-Assad‘s “Paradise Now”, a provocative look at two Palenstian suicide bombers who are preparing for an attack. Watching the quiet film is an intense experience filled with a natural sense of tension that at times is difficult to endure. Its eye-opening and powerful. Meanwhile, Stuart Gordon’s adaptation of David Mamet‘s “Edmond” is just as intense, but not as harrowing. William H. Macy is striking as a middle-aged American executive in the big city who loses control and embarks on a rampage one night. Moments of the film are so outrageous, puntucated at times by Mamet’s signature repetitive dialogue style, that at times its hard not to laugh. In fact, its tough to care about Macy’s confused, crazy character.
Today’s anticipated new film, “Brokeback Mountatain”. More to come…