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February 27, 2007

Infamous - 6

This film has the disadvantage of coming out the year after Philip Seymour Hoffman won best actor for his role as/in Capote. This film stars Toby Jones as Truman Capote, Sandra Bullock as Nelle Harper Lee, Daniel Craig as Perry Smith, and is adapted and directed by Douglas McGrath. The story is similar in that it follows Capote's relationship to the small town he based his book In Cold Blood, and his intimate involvement with telling the victim's and killer's story. But this film, while having lighter moments than Capote, doesn't quite get at the internal struggle that Hoffman pulled off so well. A good film about the intriguing process of trying to write an original work, but hindered by its timing so close to a similar film. The rest of the all-star cast includes: Jeff Daniels, Sigourney Weaver, Hope Davis, and Gwyneth Paltrow.

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