G & S / V & I, 6th Week: The Conversation

The Conversation (1974)
by Francis Ford Coppola
starring Gene Hackman
113 min.


Friday, November 18, at 18:00
Zrinyi 14 / Room 412


The Conversation is the slowly-gripping, bleak study of electronic surveillance and threat of new technologies that is examined through the private, internalized life of a lonely and detached expert ‘bugger.’ (…) The timely, low-budget cinematic masterpiece of the 1970s was written, produced and released by director Francis Ford Coppola before and during the Watergate era (and between his two Godfather films) – a time of heightened concern over the violation of civil liberties. Its claustrophobic themes of the destruction of privacy, alienation, guilt, voyeurism, justified paranoia, unprincipled corporate power and personal responsibility effectively responded to growing, ominous 20th century threats of eavesdropping to personal liberties.” Tim Dirk, filmsite.org  (1)


“Harry Caul (Hackman) is a surveillance expert. His job is to collect confidential information for clients without asking any questions. The film opens with his latest challenging job: capturing the conversation of a couple as they weave through crowds and street performers in Union Square, San Francisco, at noon. As he clarifies and pieces together their conversation, a sense of dire threat to the young man and woman grows on him, and –haunted by a previous job that resulted in the death of a family– he becomes emotionally involved in the task.” David Loftus, allwatchers.com (2)

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Living since 1981, I'm a philosophy scholar from Ankara, Turkey

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