This week’s Reel vs. Real feature looks back at a 2005 biographical film which depicts the writing of Truman Capote’s famous true crime novel.
American author Truman Capote wrote many short stories, novels, and plays, but his 1966 true crime novel has been his best known and most celebrated work. Titled In Cold Blood, his so-called “non-fiction” novel about the 1959 murder of the Clutter Family in Holcomb, Kansas earned him literary acclaim, and naturally, the world wondered about the events surrounding its writing.
This is where the 2005 biographical film Capote, based on the biography of the same title by Gerard Clarke, comes into the picture. Philip Seymour Hoffman stars as the esteemed writer, and Catherine Keener as his childhood friend and fellow author Nelle Harper Lee. Together, they travel to Kansas to investigate and document the quadruple murders of the Clutter Family, with Capote determined to write about the tragic killing.
For his critically-acclaimed portrayal of Truman Capote, Hoffman won several awards, including the Academy Award for Best Actor, BAFTA Award for Best Actor, and Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama. The film itself garnered several critics’ awards and nominations from around the world.
Watch the trailer for Capote below:
A series made for cinephiles, Reel vs. Real highlights some notable biographical films that you may or may not have watched, and puts the biopic actors side by side with their real life counterparts.