On December 22, 2012, actor Philip Seymour Hoffman spoke with Simon Critchley at the Rubin Museum of Art. Now, two years after the interview and four months since his death, the interview has been by PBS Digital Studio, producer David Gerlach, and animator Patrick Smith.
The creators have taken a discussion concerning happiness and given it gorgeous visual form. They’ve also allowed us to listen to Hoffman discuss pleasure with the terrible understanding gained from the circumstances of his death. The laughter of the audience as Hoffman gracefully delights them turns my stomach for some reason. As Hoffman speaks of his family, I feel despair over their loss all over again. The next moment, I am reminded of the parts of Hoffman that allowed him to be such an amazing, articulate, and poignant artist.
It’s worth your time, I promise.