The Capote Tapes

Documentary about the rise and tragic fall of legendary writer Truman Capote.

Time & Tickets

After the bestsellers BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S and IN COLD BLOOD, Truman Capote had become a cultural icon. This was due not only to his literary talent, but also to his frank media appearances, in which he spoke frankly about his sexual orientation. His wit and lack of discretion made him a popular guest in New York’s high society.

Capote started to work on a new novel, which was to be his opus magnum; a major project that he himself called ANSWERED PRAYERS. In that novel he would portray the New York elite. The local millionaires were both terrified and fascinated by the work; wild rumours circulated about the manuscript containing many embarrassing revelations about well-known members of society’s upper crust.

The book was never completed; only a few chapters were published. For THE CAPOTE TAPES director Eb Burnough had access to previously unreleased audio recordings of dozens of interviews with Capote’s friends and enemies, made shortly after his death in 1984. Through these interviews, THE CAPOTE TAPES reveals the rise and fall of one of America’s most influential writers and public figures.

Ebs Burnough, USA, UK, 2019, 99 min. English spoken, Dutch subtitles.