The Conversation

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The Conversation

  • 1974
  • Directed By: Frances Ford Coppola
  • Rated PG
  • Drama
  • 113 Minutes
  1. Saturday, March 8, 2014 6:30 p.m.
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Considered one of Frances Ford Coppola’s masterpieces, The Conversation was first conceived in the mid- 1960s while Coppola listened to director Irvin Kershner discuss espionage and state-of-the-art surveillance tactics. He set-out to make a small, personal film about privacy as a modern horror film, centering on the personal and psychological life of the eavesdropper rather than his victims. The film’s plot has influences of Rear Window and Antonioni’s Blow-Up; a surveillance professional (Gene Hackman) is hired to tap and monitor a couple’s home. He uncovers what he believes to be a murder plot and becomes obsessed with the couple, his dilemma, and ultimately the paranoia that consumes him. (HD presentation)