Empecé este blog con 16 años y otro nombre (Dime que series ves y te diré cómo eres). En un principio solo hubo cabida para las series de televisión, pero más tarde decidí ampliar el contenido a todo aquello que contase con un mínimo de guion/ficción, ¡incluso la propia vida, señorxs! Decía Susan Sontag en Contra la interpretación: «En las buenas películas existe siempre una espontaneidad que nos libera por entero de la ansiedad por interpretar». Pero Carrie Bradshaw también decía en Sexo en Nueva York: «I couldn't help but wonder...». Bienvenidxs. Contacto: oscarrusvicente@gmail.com

sábado, 15 de abril de 2017

Review: 'In Cold Blood'

Philip Seymour Hoffman as Truman Capote in Capote (Bennett Miller, 2005)
The genre so-called true crime has never been outmoded but nowadays it has found a new comfortable home in radio and TV whose brilliance has been shown in serialized documentaries (Muerte en León, The Jinx, Making a Murderer) and podcasts (Serial). But another field which was conquered a long time ago by the wave true crime is literature whose main exponent is Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood, published in 1966.  Despite its structure, it’s not a proper novel but a non-fiction one. This work was born amidst the US New Journalism movement. In Cold Blood tells the murder (and its aftermath) of four members of a middle-class family in a small city of Kansas during 1959. The main characters throughout the 336 pages are the murderers: Perry Smith and Richard Hickock.

The story could be divided in three parts: the previous moments of the killing from the perspective of murderers and victims; the discovery of the assassination, the investigation by the police and the run-away of the killers; and the arrest of both and their trial. The writing style is compelling but dense -it asks the reader for 100% attention due to the complexity of subordinate phrases and introduction of quotes- and the plot itself is intricate because of the multiple timelines (flashbacks included) , points of view (even cats) and the never-ending list of secondary characters who contribute to make the story as real as painful. The portrayal and development of all characters (reminder: real people) are in-depth with the narrator giving every single detail of the past and current situation of them, their physical appearance and personality. Description of time and places are also in-depth.

In Cold Blood is not only a gripping reading about a brutal murder and its manifold consequences but also a thought-provoking depiction of (toxic) masculinity and gender. It’s even a social radiograph: how society rejects non-normative and behaves when tragedy crashes into peaceful lives. You should definitely read it if you are keen on New Journalism works, True Crime genre or just beautifully well written novels. But readers must be previously informed of explicit descriptions, product of vicious but honest Capote’s approach to murder. Even so, its final footnote is the most poetic passage someone will come across for a while.