Truman Capote On Screen

Repertory Series
March 17–21, 2006

With the bio-pic CAPOTE somewhat of a sure thing to win at least a couple of Academy Awards, we felt it was a good time to highlight some of Truman Capote's contributions to cinema history. This series shows all sides of the Capote influence, from the sublime (BREAKFAST AT TIFFANYS) to the ridiculous (MURDER BY DEATH). And of course we can't resist the obvious double-feature of CAPOTE and IN COLD BLOOD. Plus, we include a screening of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD for good measure.

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Dates & Showtimes

Friday, March 17
BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S at 4:30, 7:00, 9:30
MURDER BY DEATH at Midnight

Saturday, March 18
CAPOTE and IN COLD BLOOD are a Double Feature!
BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S at 1:30
CAPOTE at 7:00
IN COLD BLOOD at 4:15, 9:15 New 35mm Print!
MURDER BY DEATH at Midnight

Sunday, March 19
CAPOTE at 1:30
IN COLD BLOOD at 8:00 New 35mm Print!

Tuesday, March 21
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD at 4:30, 7:00, 9:45

Film Descriptions

BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S
(1961) dir Blake Edwards w/Audrey Hepburn, George Peppard, Patricia Neal, Buddy Ebsen, Martin Balsam [115 min]

This romantic comedy based on Truman Capote's 1958 novel is a true classic. Audrey Hepburn shines in her signature role as Holly Golightly, a small-town girl who conquers the swank Manhattan social scene. At first glance, it seems Holly has a glamorous life, but it turns out she is just a lonely girl with "a case of the mean reds"that can only be cured by frequent visits to Tiffany's. When a new neighbor (Peppard) moves in, their lives are instantly intertwined, making her world a little less lonely.

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Trailer (QuickTime, Windows Media)

MURDER BY DEATH
(1976) dir Robert Moore w/ Peter Sellers, Peter Falk, Eilleen Brennan, James Coco, David Niven, Maggie Smith, James Cromwell, Estelle Winwood, Nancy Walker, Alec Guiness, Elsa Lanchester and Truman Capote; Written by Neil Simon [90 min]

The only film in which Truman Capote actually plays a character, this witty, wacky, all-star romp features a group of famous (and strangely familiar) detectives from all over the globe who have been invited to a wealthy man's house for dinner - and to solve a murder yet to be committed. But all the mystery has been replaced by comedy. With a script by Neil Simon and a strong cast of character actors this bit of inspired lunacy will split your sides with laughter. The murder mystery genre has met its match and it is MURDER BY DEATH!

CAPOTE
(2005) dir Bennett Miller w/Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Clifton Collins Jr, Chris Cooper, Bruce Greenwood [98 min]

Bennett Miller's elegantly composed film features a show stopping performance by Philip Seymour Hoffman in the title role. Hoffman embodies Capote, the world's most famous eccentric, who was a great author but is almost better known today for his personality than his writing. This film takes as its focus Capote's relationship with the subjects of his landmark 1965 book, In Cold Blood, and the decisions that he must make as the story of the killers gets closer to its inevitable end.

Related Links
Official Site & Trailer

New 35mm Print!
IN COLD BLOOD
(1967) dir Richard Brooks w/Robert Blake, Scott Wilson [134 min]

This gorgeous, devastating film adaptation of Capote's sensational book was nominated for four Oscars (director, cinematography, adapted screenplay, and score). Two unhinged young men plan to rob a farmer. Although they find virtually no money in the house, they kill the family anyway to avoid being identified. Groundbreaking and ahead of its time, IN COLD BLOOD is a sensitive and complex portrait of criminals and their crimes.

Related Links
New York Times Review (1967) [registration required]
DVD Talk Review
Roger Ebert Review (1968)
Roger Ebert Review (2002)

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
Phillip Alford, John Megna, Brock Peters, Robert Duvall [129 min]

Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize winning novel features characters based on herself and Capote as children, and one of Gregory Peck's most famous roles. His Academy Award-winning performance as Atticus Finch, a lawyer who risks his career and status to defend a black man accused of raping a white woman in a small Alabama town in the 1930's, is as close to perfect as acting gets. Also featuring one of the great credit sequences in movie history and a score by the great Elmer Bernstein.

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Trailer (Windows Media)

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