Monday, August 24, 2015

579. The Conversation

The Conversation
1974
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola











Maybe 1974 will be our year!  It has been a very strong showing so far.

Harry Caul owns his own surveillance company in San Francisco.  He is hired to bug a couple in Union Square, but is disturbed when he hears them say "He'll kill us if he gets the chance."  Poor Gene Hackman is always getting pulled into things.

Lately, the most moving and significant parts of a film have been at the end, but I can't comment on that without spoiling the movie.  So basically the thesis of my latest reviews has been "that end though..." Aren't I a good reviewer?

I do have one complaint.  For a film in this genre, I thought the pacing was a bit too slow. Still,  Hackman's performance was, of course, phenomenal.  We also got an unexpectedly great performance from Harrison Ford.  I wonder if he is in anything after this.

RATING: ****-

Interesting Facts:

Coppola's favorite of all his films.

The dialogue between the couple was recorded several times in order to create the effect that the meaning is unclear.

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