Philip Seymour Hoffman Double Feature: CAPOTE & SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK at the Art
When Philip Seymour Hoffman's death was announced this week, there was an outpouring of grief from moviegoers everywhere. In their front-page obituary, The New York Times called Hoffman "perhaps the most ambitious and widely admired American actor of his generation."
To honor the exalted work of this finest of actors, the Art Theater Co-op is offering a double-feature of Hoffman's two best lead performances - his Oscar-winning performance in the titular role of Bennett Miller's CAPOTE and his towering, touching performance in Charlie Kaufman's SYNECDOCHE, NY.
Come join us on Thursday, February 20, as we celebrate the life & work of Philip Seymour Hoffman.
5:00 - CAPOTE
7:30 - SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK
Individual tickets will be available in person at the Art.
ABOUT THE FILMS
2005 (R) 110 min, Directed by Bennett Miller
Bennett Miller's CAPOTE is a profile of Truman Capote (P.S. Hoffman) during the years he researched the story that was to become the basis for the book "In Cold Blood." PSH won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his breathtaking performance as Truman Cope.
"Philip Seymour Hoffman's precise, uncanny performance as Capote doesn't imitate the author so much as channel him, as a man whose peculiarities mask great intelligence and deep wounds." -Roger Ebert (4/4 review)
"This is an awesome performance in an outstanding film, a film worthy, if you can imagine, of the book at its heart." -Shawn Levy, Portland Oregonion
SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK
2008 (R) 125 min, Directed by Charlie Kaufman
An insanely ambitious, dazzling, maddening movie, Synecdoche, NY is the directorial debut of Charlie Kaufman, the inspired screenwriter of twisty, mind-bending movies like Being John Malkovich, Adaptation., and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Broadly summarized, it's about a director named Caden Cotard (Philip Seymour Hoffman) who, after his wife leaves him, sets out to create a theater production that will mirror all of life in New York City by literally recreating the city inside of a gigantic warehouse--including versions of his lover, his new wife, and himself, who become so entrenched in his life that eventually there must also be doubles of these doubles... which only describes a fragment of the intertwining storylines. Hoffman's performance is balanced by dozens of vivid characters played by an astonishing cast, including Samantha Morton, Catherine Keener, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Hope Davis, Michelle Williams, Dianne Wiest, Emily Watson, and more.
THE BEST FILM OF THE 2000s - Roger Ebert
"To say that [it] is one of the best films of the year or even one closest to my heart is such a pathetic response to its soaring ambition that I might as well pack it in right now ... Despite its slippery way with time and space and narrative and Mr. Kaufman's controlled grasp of the medium, Synecdoche, New York is as much a cry from the heart as it is an assertion of creative consciousness. It's extravagantly conceptual but also tethered to the here and now." -Manohla Dargis, The NY Times
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