As an investigative reporter for several years, i find echo from the movie. BTW, movie is well made with wonderful acting performance from Hoffman and all the sidecast, esp Catherine Keener.
But what fascinate me is how Mr. Capote dealing with the material( the criminals) and his non-fictional novel( the book). There is is no doubt that Capote created the genre of non-fictional novel which affect the development of journalism.
I am sure he experienced paradox or dilemma of writing a non-fictional novel. To know what i really mean, you can simply ask him wether it is easy to make a conclusion or judgment on the criminal? or Did you find any difficulty on doing so? Well, I believe he will say yes.
Non fictional novel is written with bias and judgment in no doubt, that's why it's so fascinating to read. Mr Capote in the movie obviously experienced heavy moral struggle. That's why he is not willing to let the criminals get to know the name of the book , coz he feels "guilty" of having that book name and the novel details in it.
I think the movie can be better by elaborating or exploring more dark side of a human mind on the gray zone between the truth and the novel by detailing how Mr. Capote dealing with his inner struggle.
PS. Nowaday, Modern journalism is leaning to the non friction novel style more than ever, I personally experienced quite a lot of struggle and uneasiness as Capota did. For example, the way he made "friend" with the interviewee is one of the common practice used by an investigative reporter. Though common, however, you will get cold-blooded if u get used to that kind of life.