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The Conversation  [Blu-ray]
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The Conversation is regarded as one of Francis Ford Coppola’s greatest films.
Two-time Academy Award® winner Gene Hackman (Unforgiven, The French Connection) plays a paranoid and personally-secretive surveillance expert who has a crisis of conscience when he suspects that a couple he is spying on will be murdered. This tense thriller makes some remarkably advanced arguments about technology's role in society that still resonate today.
In addition to Apocalypse Now, The Conversation was Coppola’s only other film to win the prestigious Palme d’Or at Cannes.
- Collectible Booklet “The Conversation on The Conversation” – Includes First Reviews of the Movie After its Release in 1974
- Never-Before-Seen Archival Audio of Director Francis Ford Coppola Dictating the Original Script
- Audio Commentary with Francis Ford Coppola
- Audio Commentary with Supervising Editor Walter Murch
- Never-Before-Seen Interview with Francis Ford Coppola and Composer David Shire
- Never-Before-Seen Archival Screen Tests
- Archival On-set Interview with Gene Hackman
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The film appears to be a classic 70s thriller in the vein of 'The Parallax View' or 'The French Connection' but is, in many ways, more similar to European art films, particularly Antonioni's 'Blow Up'. It is a consideration of the morality of surveillance and a study of the crippling of a man overcome with guilt and fear.
The film deserves considerable re-viewing not only because of the elaborate growth of Coppola's screenplay but also to consider his sparse images of despair that constantly enforce the invasion of privacy. Gene Hackman delves so deeply into Harry's character that it is almost stifling while David Shire's score is constantly unsettling. Walter Murch provides the innovative sound design and also helps to create the film's atmosphere with his beautiful editing.
The film was the basis for the recent Tony Scott film 'Enemy of the State' and even features Gene Hackman as a Harry Caul like character but the Hollywood update pales in comparison with the original.
This is a considered, intelligent and crafted film and seems more personal than the other, more familiar Coppola classics.
I view The Conversation as a dark film because its raises so many questions which seem even more relevant today than they were in 1974. How secure can any life be? Who is accumulating personal as well as professional data about whom? Why? Satellites convey camneras thast can take photographs of a license plate. All of the data on computer hard drives can be recovered. DNA tests can determine whether or not a monarch was poisoned hundreds of years ago. In so many ways, "there is nowhere to run and nowhere to hide" from modern technologies.Read more ›
It's a film made of audio/video details, long shots, silence and sudden explosion of sound and music, an multilayered perception of reality and characters' mind that create a short circuit and a mix of hyperrealism and surrealism, because the more you hear the more you lose your sense of reality, of what's true and what's just in your mind. And Gene Hackman is perfect to convey this sense of gradual lost of orientation, playing a lonely man who feels reality, society, life itself is like leavinhg him behind and even more alone. He is the guy who's perception is at the same time a step ahead of all the others but does not help him to live his life with consciousness and confidence. Instead, he more and more realizes how everyone is alone and miserable and mean, feeling like a guardian who see the world from above but can't do anything to change it, and ends up being part of a plot that he cannot control.Read more ›
This is an intense, smouldering character study with a brilliant twist, fully deserving its place in my personal top 10 films of all time. As with all the best films, it stands repeated watching to appreciate the hidden depths within its apparently simple architecture.
Furthermore, at this price it is an absolute bargain. Buy and enjoy!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not as I remember it. I wonder if this is a different version to the one I originally watched.Published 4 months ago by CB
a forgotten rarely shown Coppola classic.suspenseful spy thrillerPublished 7 months ago by dylan swain
What a wonderful surprise from the '70s. Wasn't expecting the movie to be this good.Published 8 months ago by Petri
Having not seen this in the 70's and now doing some catching up on 'classics' that have slipped by I was looking forward to seeing it having also read some positive reviews. Read morePublished 9 months ago by John