Excerpt: Sometime after Francis Ford Coppola Directed and won the Best Director Oscar for “The Godfather”, he followed it up with a movie called “”The Conversation””. Now, by today’s standards, this movie moves at a snail’s pace as we’re used to high-energy, action movies. The ending is unresolved, Gene Hackman cracks a smile maybe once in the entire movie and if you’re not singing “When the Red, Red Robin Goes Bob Bob Bobbin’ Along” by the time the movie is finished, then you...
Conclusion: Francis Ford Coppola's The Conversation is without a doubt one of the great films of the 70s. Strangely enough, it does not feel dated at all. There are plenty of men like Harry Caul who get paid to deliver important secrets, or manufacture them, and the best probably work for different governments around the world. The film looks good on Blu-ray, but it could have looked even better. Having tested the U.S. and UK releases, I lean towards the UK one. RECOMMENDED.
Excerpt: The Movie Gene Hackman had become one of the world's biggest movie stars after The French Connection and Francis Ford Coppola one of the most admired filmmakers in the wake of The Godfather . Shortly after these films, the two collaborated on what remains an underappreciated little character drama, The Conversation . Hackman plays Harry Caul, a tightly-wound surveillance expert, not so much a private detective as a civilian spy.
Conclusion: While often overlooked, 'The Conversation' is another great film from Francis Ford Coppola at the peak of his career. The Blu-ray looks pretty good for the movie's age, sounds great, and has a bunch of interesting supplements. This is a worthy purchase.
Conclusion: The Conversation is arguably Francis Ford Coppola's finest film. It is certainly one of his most personal, as he himself talks about at length in his commentary. Haunting, moody, melancholy and in the end significantly disturbing, this is a film that manages to put the emphasis on the "you" of "Big Brother is watching you.
Conclusion: Francis Ford Coppola on tehnyt lukuisia erinomaisia elokuvia uransa aikana, ja näistä on tuskallista koittaa valita yhtä suosikkia. Tällaisen valinnan eteen jouduttiin myös vuoden 1974 Oscareissa, joissa The Conversation hävisi parhaan filmin pystin Kummisetä II:lle, joka oli myös Coppola-elokuva. Itse olisin kallistunut toiseen suuntaan.