Flicks: Coppola’s The Conversation

Made as an in-between for his Godfather films I & II, Francis Ford Coppola wrote and directed a nice little low budget film to hold him over.  While it wasn’t a box office smash, it was still a pretty dope film.  The great Gene Hackman stars as Harry Caul, a detached professional that can bug anyone, anywhere, at anytime.  Unfortunately on this go-round, he ends up getting involved, and going in too deep to back out, creating some obvious (death) and internal (overwhelming guilt and paranoia) consequences.  It’s well paced, and ends up a bit claustrophobic, as you see the events from Caul’s view and perspective – very much influenced by Antonioni’s Blow-Up.  The film was actually nominated for Best Picture during the same year as Coppola’s Godfather II, and had excellent casting, i.e. greats John Cazale and Robert Duvall.  It also has some interesting appearances by Cindy Williams and Harrison Ford.  At the recent time, both were cast in George Lucas’ classic, American Graffiti – a very different, basically opposite film from The Conversation.  Excellent film – worth a check out on Netflix, or own it on the cheap from Amazon.

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