©1966, directed by Albert Maysles, David Maysles and
Charlotte Zwerin, 16mm, b/w, 29 mins
With Love From Truman portrays an intimate
meeting with renowned author Truman Capote.
As a reporter interviews him in his beachfront
home, Capote shares his "self-regarding" personality
through hip philosophy and calculated jokes. He
offers insights in an endearingly raspy voice about
his latest book, In Cold Blood, which Capote declares
to be part of a new genre, the "non-fiction novel."
Just as the Maysles brothers' direct cinema classics
turn real stories into narratives, Capote's non-fiction
novel makes an effort to turn reality into art.
In Cold Blood is based on first-hand accounts of an
actual murder. The author affectionately discusses
his coverage of the subsequent trial and his intriguing
relationship with the two young killers. Capote claims
it is the spontaneity of
life that compels him to portray
reality, but it is his own fresh energy and startling
sense of humor that keep us intrigued.
(text by Justin Marks)