From the Vault: 'Capote' based on 'In Cold Blood'; Plus a Capote Auction

Philip Seymour Hoffman/Catherine Keener in Capote © Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.
Philip Seymour Hoffman/Catherine Keener in Capote © Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.

“The country makes me nervous. There’s crickets and it’s quiet… there’s no place to walk after dinner… there’s screens with the dead moths behind them… you’ve got the Manson family possibly, you got Dick and Perry…”

 –Woody Allen in Annie Hall

Before Ted Bundy and Charles Manson, the names Dick Hickock and Perry Smith struck fear in the American heartland.

On November 15, 1959, four members of the Clutter family were brutally murdered in their home in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas. In 1965, the murders were examined by Truman Capote in a four-part serial, published in The New Yorker, and then, in January of 1966, made internationally famous with the Random House release of Capote's acclaimed bestseller, In Cold Blood. The book was later translated to the big screen in a film directed by Richard Brooks, starring Robert Blake and Scott Wilson as the infamous Dick and Perry. The subject was revisited in Bennett Miller's 2005 film, "Capote," starring Philip Seymour Hoffman as Capote, a man consumed by a story. In his exploration of the senselessness of the lives lost, Capote lost himself in his work, attempting the extraordinary task of searching out humanity in the inhumane.

Now, more than fifty years after the unforgettable murders, Vintage Memorabilia will be auctioning off the never-before-published original 1959 case files that inspired Capote's bestseller. Included are the letters of correspondence between Capote and Special Agent Harold Nye (one of the four Kansas Bureau of Investigation detectives assigned to the case), transcripts of interviews, confessions, fingerprint sheets, and mug shots, all of which will be available for a minimum bid of $20,000 to that lucky fan who no longer wishes to sleep at night. Also included in the auction is a rare first edition of In Cold Blood inscribed by the KBI detectives on the case, the cast and crew of the 1967 film, Nelle Harper Lee (author of To Kill a Mockingbird and close childhood friend of Capote’s), as well as Capote himself.

So, in honor of the Vintage Memorabilia auction, we bring you the Capote trailer.