Quick-Thoughts: Francis Ford Coppola’s The Conversation (1974)

“I’m not afraid of death. I am afraid of murder.” 

Damn. 

Being a surveillance expert truly can make one paranoid, and that’s exactly how one could describe Harry Caul—paranoid. As if the act of spying on others who legitimately have that right to feel like they’re being watched wouldn’t ironically brainwash you into believing that you’re also someone who’s always being listened in on 24/7. This would most certainly précis that of Caul’s two-faced mentality. The Conversation is a meddling piece of conundrum that puts you precisely in the position of our main character who observes an audiotape of two individuals that may be possible murder targets of a wealthy empire. 

I can’t confidently say that everything in this movie completely blew my socks off like some of Francis Ford Coppola’s other iconic projects—with the exception of that TRAUMATIZING, FAULTLESS ENDING—but there’s no denying that this is a prestigiously crafted thriller. It’s an eye-opener that tinkers with the confrontation of hypocrisy and the undying guilt that sinks into you after years and years of realizing just how terrifying your profession is. 

Verdict: A-

“The Conversation” is now available to stream on Vudu, YouTube, iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon Prime.

 

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