Posted: Mar 22, 2006 5:28 pm
the movie capote is a character study of how writing ICB changed truman capote. it took up years of his life when he thought he was just doing a magazine piece...it turned into a new kind of novel.
i think philip seymour hoffman's portrayal of a man who was able to con/charm a diverse array of people into letting him have is way is what clinched the oscar for him. capote wins the trust of the killers enough to get their stories and feelings, he is so tight w/ harper lee that she helps him, he convinces his publishers to keep extending his deadline... to let this book develop, etc. he just lies to everyone but his smarmy gay personality is such that you think "ok, i believe you" and everyone fell for his lines and he got his way. was he happy with the end result? nah. you do see one aspect of the motivation for his ever downwarding spiral of alcholism
i don't think it was limited at all. i think it was a concise glimpse into a specific period of time --- you get to see how harper lee takes "to kill a mocking bird" from book to film and become a star in her own right yet be completely eclipsed within her group of friends by capote's ability to suck all the air out of any room.
i read ICB when it came out. it was in my mother's bathroom and i snuck readings of it. i was an adolescent at the time, but it really affected me and i wrote truman capote a fan letter. i found it one of the most powerful things i have read EVER.