The Conversation is a damn fascinating movie. Written and directed by Francis Ford Coppola as his follow up to Godfather, it’s a much different movie than its predecessor (no horse heads for one). I kept thinking throughout how much it holds up with all that we’re dealing with today. Surveillance is much more prevalent now that it was when this movie was made, in the mid-70’s. Yet, back in the 1970’s, it was much more difficult to capture important information, which is the subject of ‘The Conversation’.
I really love spy movies, and this is one of the best ones I’ve seen. Dealing more with the character at the center of the ‘job’ than the job itself, it really puts a human face to all of the surveillance and secrecy. Gene Hackman plays Harry Caul, a surveillance free-lancer and expert in the field. When he comes upon a plot to kill two people he’s been hired to record and watch, he’s put in a dilemma. A previous job already got an entire family killed, and it weighs on his conscience. He won’t let something like that happen again.
The main character of Harry Caul is a really great protagonist. Played beautifully by Gene Hackman, he really gets across Harry’s loneliness and lack of trust for anybody in his life. Pushing away the woman that loves him because she asked too many questions about him is a really interesting, and telling character flaw. Always looking over his shoulder, the audience never loses touch with his sense of paranoia for everyone around him. I won’t give anything away about where the story goes, but it all leads to a wonderful and beautiful ending like only Coppola can deliver.
Sorry this one is coming so late guys. It counts as day 6, even though ‘technically’ it’s days 7, but I’m getting busier due to summer classes starting up. Anyway, I’ve gotten a lot of suggestions for movies, and I’m still looking for more so shoot me some!