March 06, 2006 12:00 PM

Good Night, and Good Luck

In life, writer Truman Capote was nicknamed the “Tiny Terror,” and in Capote that’s exactly how Philip Seymour Hoffman portrays him, to devastating effect. Actually a rather shambling fellow, Hoffman morphed himself into the petite, persnickety author—neatly nailing both Capote’s high-pitched Southern drawl and flamboyant mannerisms. But Hoffman’s performance goes far deeper than simple impersonation. He captures Capote’s tortured soul, showing how conceit and ambition had corroded the writer before cocktails and prescription drugs finished the job.

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