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An encounter with Bennett Miller

Posted at 4:43 PM on October 20, 2005 by Euan Kerr

A few weeks back "Capote" director Bennett Miller blew through the MPR studios, fresh from a triumphant reception at the Toronto Film Festival. Philip Seymour Hoffman is seen as a shoo-in for at least an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of the author of "In Cold Blood." Miller says the festival staff had to turn away 200 journalists from the press screening because it was so packed.

Miller looked a little shell-shocked by the whole deal. When we talked he pointed out the film had only been completed fifteen days before. Until then he had been living in comparative anonymity.

He is emphatic that "Capote" is not a bio-pic. He says it's a drama, and as he puts it, "in American form, about as close as you can come to a classic tragedy."

It's also a tribute to the power of childhood friendship. Miller first met Dan Futterman when they were both nine. An accomplished actor in his own riht, Futterman wrote the "Capote" screenplay. He and Miller were later to make friends with 'Phil' (Philip Seymour Hoffman) when they met at drama camp when theywere all 16.

When asked if this made it easier or more difficult to make "Capote" Miller said, "It just made it right."

[Audio and futher information is available on the feature page Capturing Capote]

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