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The Capote Tapes

Streaming on Altitude Films / Film & TV

What’s left to say about Truman Capote? Quite a bit, it turns out. Despite leaving behind books, articles, and television appearances, the author is the subject of a series of taped interviews that have never before seen the light of day. This documentary, by Ebs Burnough, pairs George Plimpton’s reel-to-reel audiotapes—the interviews he did with Capote’s “friends, enemies, acquaintances, and detractors,” including Lauren Bacall and Norman Mailer, for his 1997 oral history of the author—with on-camera talking heads and never-before-seen photos and videos. The result is a more complete picture of Capote’s life and career, with an emphasis on the years after In Cold Blood. For the last decade of his life Capote claimed to have been working on Answered Prayers, the definitive New York novel. An excerpt that ran in 1975, chock-full of thinly veiled society gossip, made enemies out of many of his friends. Capote died without ever finishing the book, and some interviewed in the film, including Jay McInerney, think it doesn’t actually exist. Others believe there is a manuscript, and that someday it will be found. —J.V.

Premiering on January 29 in the U.K., with a U.S. release to follow shortly

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