Can ''Infamous'' match up to ''Capote''? -- Both movies follow the writing of ''In Cold Blood'' by Truman Capote

By Missy Schwartz
Updated September 08, 2006 at 04:00 AM EDT
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Nearly a year after the Oscar-winning Capote, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, first generated buzz on the festival circuit comes Infamous, a movie that covers…exactly the same ground. Written and directed by Douglas McGrath (Nicholas Nickleby) and boasting a marquee-worthy cast including Sandra Bullock, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Daniel Craig, the film (out Oct. 13) explores Truman Capote’s adventures while penning his classic In Cold Blood. But when it premiered at the Venice film festival last month, it got only mixed reviews. Even if critical support picks up, the question remains: How do you get people to pay for a movie they’ve already seen?

By convincing them that they haven’t. ”Ours is a bigger, broader, warmer film,” says Laura Kim, Warner Independent Pictures’ exec VP of marketing and publicity. As the trailer indicates, Infamous emphasizes what McGrath calls the ”glittering, high-society, penthouse world of New York” — a domain far from the comparatively austere Capote. Another significant difference? Infamous shows Capote (British actor Toby Jones) and convicted killer Perry Smith (Craig) locking lips. ”I believe Truman fell in love with that man,” McGrath says. ”And the kiss [helps] explain how the rest of his life became unhinged.” It also helps grab headlines: In Venice, Infamous went from being known as that other Capote flick with an unknown in the lead to the one where James Bond kisses a guy. Playing up that cellblock smooch just might be Warner’s best bet at eluding Capote’s ghost.


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