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Excellent underrated film. The ending is spectacular.5 years ago
Shades of both Hitchcock and Antonioni, and one of the best film scores I've heard, a brilliantly subdued thriller.8 years ago
The eeriness & paranoia in the movie is palpable, thanks to Gene Hackman's stellar performance.
Good (but not great) movie with an original story, good acting, good suspense and great use of sound effects. It was a bit slow at times, but overall I quite enjoyed it.7 years ago
Francis Ford Coppola's The Conversation owes a huge (but acknowledged - it even starts with a mime) debt to Antonioni's Blow-Up, which I reviewed recently. Like Blow-Up, it's about context and perception, but instead of exploring it through a photographer and a mysterious sequence of pictures, he does so with a professional wiretapper, and an innocuous conversation. The conversation repeats throughout the film, revealing itself or its meaning a little more each time, but also taking on new meaning based on context. Gene Hackman gives an excellent and understated performance as the obsessively private protagonist, and Coppola doesn't go Blow-Up's philosophical route, steering the film towards the thriller genre, albeit a quiet kind of thriller. He certainly shows us a lot of the nitty-gritty of the surveillance business circa 1974, but a remake wouldn't feel incredibly different (though perhaps the character of Harry Caul would have even more anxiety regarding hypersurveillance). And there's a poetry to the images here that I really enjoy, Coppola importing the idea of things hidden and revealed into the cinematography and script elements.3 years ago
I'm glad I went into this with no knowledge of the plot or the actors involved. Great to see Harrison Ford pop up! I loved all the twists and turns. My only major thought throughout was that a few scenes could have been cut down. A faster pace may have better suited the narrative.3 years ago