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The Capote Tapes Review

Added: Monday, September 21st 2020 at 12:45pm by GreatGayAuthor
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Review: 'The Capote Tapes' An Illuminating Portrait of a Monumental Gay Writer

by Roger Walker-Dack
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Monday Sep 21, 2020

Confession time: Truman Capote was one of the great queer iconic figures of the 20th century that we would have loved to have known personally. Not the version of him in the biopic "Capote," which won Philip Seymour Hoffman an Academy Award back in 2006. It's the "real" Capote that is captured in "The Capote Tapes," a new documentary by first-time filmmaker Ebs Burnough, a onetime White House Adviser to Michelle Obama.

Burnough's film centers around a series of never-before-heard taped interviews in which George Plimpton interviewed Capote's "friends, enemies, acquaintances, and detractors" for his 1997 oral history. Burnough supplements these interviews with some stunning archival footage, interspersed with his own interviews, most of which focus on Capote's promised last novel "Answered Prayers," which never ever materialized.




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Had an encounter with Truman Capote once.

He was falling-down drunk - semi coherent and 

disgustingly vile.   In other words, in his normal state.

It's a shame he lingered so long


A brilliant writer but a messed up mind--a contradiction.

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