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Francis Ford Coppola’s The Conversation

In this gripping post-Watergate film, a young couple walk and talk in San Francisco’s crowded Union Square, blissfully unaware that their conversation is being recorded by a private surveillance expert, Harry Caul (Gene Hackman).

As he begins to filter out the cacophony of background noise and make the words of the conversation clear, Harry starts to feel increasingly uneasy about what may happen to the couple once the client hears the tape recording.

The Conversation is a masterwork that is often overshadowed by Coppola’s larger-scale films (such as The Godfather series or Apocalypse Now). Nevertheless, it’s a tense and slow-burning thriller, that provides a powerful study of guilt, responsibility and paranoia.

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