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Infamous (Almost) and the Ransom Note Approach

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I saw Infamous, the “other” movie about Capote, tonight, and I must say I liked it. I happened to get a gander at the movie poster and got a snootful of faux Irvin font! So close, close, close. It’s clearly not quite Irvin—and equally clearly, intended to evoke same.

T’other day I linked to a 2003 post on Maud Newton’s sharp media blog; if you look at her masthead image, you’ll see some authentic Irvin font peeking back at you. —Martin Schneider


I’m so glad someone saw it! I liked Capote a lot; I liked Infamous better. But it never stood a chance as the second release, especially with that awful title. People should Netflix it.

Capote is an excellent movie, and its ambitions (I think) led it to a very specific flaw, which is that it was much too hard on Truman; its guiding logic precluded it from granting In Cold Blood even a jot of redemptive value. That is to say, Truman has to be using those boys, he has to be a vampire. If you stop and say, “Hey, is some small degree of vampirism worth it if you produce a work of art as great as ICB?” the movie just about falls apart. So despite its high accomplishment, I sort of thought there was a lie at the heart of Capote.

So because of all that, I was highly predisposed to enjoy Infamous, a far more modest movie—not a great movie—but one clearly intent on not succumbing to that particular flaw. There were a lot of good things in it.

You know what everyone should see, also? Joe Gould’s Secret. I’m a fan.

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