Monday, May 30, 2016

The Conversation (1974)



 Academy Awards, USA 1975

Best Picture
Francis Ford Coppola
Best Writing, Original Screenplay
Francis Ford Coppola
Best Sound
Walter Murch
Art Rochester

Cannes Film Festival 1974

Palme d'Or
Francis Ford Coppola
Prize of the Ecumenical Jury - Special Mention
Francis Ford Coppola

Paramount Pictures
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola
My rating: 4 stars out of 4
(Blu-ray, Lionsgate)

Security expert Gene Hackman makes his living by secretly recording conversations. He is hired by a mysterious "director" to record conversations between a man and a woman at a park in San Francisco. He does not know what they are suspected of doing or why he has been hired, however when he overhears them saying they might be killed he begins to fear for their safety. A brilliant character study of a lonely man unable to connect with people despite a job in which he listens to their most intimate conversations. It is also a shocking thriller with a clever plot twist that revolves around the inflection of just one spoken word.

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