Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

The Capote Tapes


Year: 2019
Run Time: 95 minutes

The Capote Tapes
The Capote Tapes

Arguably one of the most infamous and recognizable writers of the 20th century, American author, Truman Capote, presents a controversial legacy that is deepened and enriched in this unfiltered documentary snapshot. The film offers one of the most in-depth looks yet at this glamorous and complex celebrity figure by uncovering startling, never-before-heard interviews with Capote’s closest friends and enemies conducted after his death. THE CAPOTE TAPES paints a hypnotic, highly engaging, and often quite uproarious collage of the famed writer with stories coming from a gallery of New York mid-century high society icons and legends. The film traces his difficult childhood upbringing in the Deep South, through his massive literary successes, such as Breakfast at Tiffany’s and In Cold Blood. Finally, we look into his later years when he is plagued by alcoholism and settles into his role as a camp fixture on late-night talk shows, never to finish another novel again. THE CAPOTE TAPES is ultimately a sobering examination of one gay man’s voracious hunger for acceptance, praise, and love—long before the world was ready for him. — R.J.T.

CIFF44 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Thursday, April 02, 2020 at 6:25 PM ET

Saturday, April 04, 2020 at 11:20 AM ET

Accessibility (?): No closed captions, audio description, English subtitles


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