Saturday, 4 April 2009

The Conversation

Dir: F F Coppola
Starring: Gene Hackman
Year: 1974

In the hands of a lesser director than Coppola this would have a been boring film. But Coppola is a rare talent who makes complete films, sometimes seemingly out of nothing.

There are two big turning points in this film: 1. The crime is not what you think it is, and 2. The Conversation is not even about the crime - it's about the man. Both of these denouements (can you have two?) come within the last 10-15 minutes of the film, which, even after two hours of filmage, leaves you wanting more.

I was genuinely scared by this film - not that it's a horror film, or even scary, but it just has a certain tension that leaves you feeling chilled. The soundtrack has an off-beat jazz vibe that sits somewhere between The Sting and a Charlie Parker LP, creating the perfect background for the paranoia and intensity of Hackman's character and his disturbing world of surveillance.

Hackman + Coppola = Genius.



  1. Agreed, absolutely brilliant film. They don't make 'em like this any more - films that are in no rush to get anywhere, but arrive in perfect time. Sorry, I have no idea what I meant by that.

  2. No, no. That's a good summary. It's not all spelled out for you. You have to think a bit. The murder scene is truly chilling, too.