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  The Conversation
The Conversation has been described as an "Orwellian morality play" in which the spy becomes the spied upon, and technology is used against the user.
As Harry labours in his workshop to edit the conversation for the Director (Robert Duvall), he relies on a photo of the couple to anchor his editing of the tapes.
But as The Conversation comes to a close, the camera panning like yet another piece of detached security equipment, there may at least be a trace of pity for Harry in the viewer's gaze.
www.sensesofcinema.com /contents/cteq/01/13/conversation.html   (1024 words)

  The Conversation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Conversation is a 1974 mystery and thriller written and directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Gene Hackman, John Cazale, Robert Duvall (uncredited), Teri Garr, Cindy Williams, and Harrison Ford.
The challenging task is accomplished, but Caul feels increasingly agonized over his doubts about the actual meaning of the conversation and about what may happen to the couple once the client hears the tape.
Caul avoids handing in the tape to the aide of the man who commissioned the surveillance; he then finds himself under increasing pressure from the aide, and is himself followed, tricked and listened in on, the tape ultimately stolen from him in a moment when his guard is down.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/The_Conversation   (780 words)

 The Conversation - with David Whyte and Michael Toms   (Site not responding. Last check: )
There’s a great body of poetry which is really an invitation to a deeper fall of attention, in which you create a conversation which emancipates you into larger and larger understandings of yourself and the world, through the conversation itself, not through your effort alone.
There is a revelation in the country and in the conversation, and a refusal to take a full mechanistic view of the world, which is run right through the society there.
You can have a wonderful conversation in a pub in County Clare in the west of Ireland and the conversation goes on for two hours, three hours, and the person leaves.
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 The Conversation: Special Edition (1974)
The Conversation is a movie of uncommon depth and subtlety in which the filmmakers do little of the work for the audience.
Although the picture is shot from the point of view of Caul, most of the material is presented in a fairly objective way and the viewers are left to make their own decisions about what any of it means.
The Conversation often utilized a fairly drab palette - the subject doesn’t lend itself to bright, chipper hues - but they always seemed solid, and exteriors were marvelously vivid.
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 DVD Review - The Conversation   (Site not responding. Last check: )
’The Conversation’ is a taut psychological thriller that stars Gene Hackman as Harry Caul, a professional wiretapper hired to tape the conversation between a man and a woman in San Francisco’s busy Union Square.
’The Conversation’ is presented in its original 1.85:1 aspect ratio and the anamorphic print is, for the most part, quite good.
While ’The Conversation’ is overshadowed by another film that Francis Ford Coppola directed that same year - ’The Godfather II’ - it is no less a masterpiece than its more well-known sibling and Paramount Home Video’s new DVD finally gives it the treatment it so richly deserves.
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 The Doctor Is In » The Conversation   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Conversation is the means which people use to communicate ideas, desires, feelings, frustration, love–the entire spectrum of human thoughts and emotions.
Conversation is far more than the mere exchange of words–it is the sharing of mind and soul, to a greater or lesser degree.
The value of conversation hinges on the conversant parties far more than their words–on their individual natures, and especially on the nature of their relationship.
docisinblog.com /archives/2005/12/04/the-conversation   (3150 words)

 The Conversation
His current assignment is to produce an evidence-quality tape of two people holding a conversation as they stroll through a public square, surrounded by hundreds of people, band music, and traffic noises.
For example, when he gets a little tipsy and has an intimate conversation with a woman, it turns out that one of his own business rivals taped the conversation with a fountain pen microphone which Harry took willingly as a souvenir from a convention.
The Conversation was released in 1974, the same year Nixon resigned, during a period of heightened global awareness of taped conversations.
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 Filmtracks: The Conversation (David Shire)
It is a film for which sound editing was paramount, because the plot of Coppola's story revolves around a private investigator (Hackman) whose life is completely consumed in the controlled environment of his eavesdropping technologies.
When first learning of the opportunity to score The Conversation, Shire was sure that the Coppola film would afford him a big budget to score for a large orchestra, and his career would take off.
The Conversation was only made at all as an inducement to make a 2nd Godfather film.
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 The Conversation (1974)
The Conversation is an excellent suspense film, but has a languid and somewhat dream-like pacing, making the climax all the more jarring.
The conversation itself starts to serve as a soundtrack, haunting Harry's (and the viewers') thoughts as he plays it over and over on his surveillance machines and in his head.
The Conversation has somehow been overlooked over the years, but I think it ranks easily among Francis Ford Coppola’s work, and is one of the best films of the 1970s.
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 AboutFilm.com - The Conversation (1974)
The focus of The Conversation is its protagonist, Harry Caul (The Royal Tenenbaum's Royal Tenenbaum, Gene Hackman), a highly secretive wiretapper living in San Francisco.
What seems an innocuous conversation turns cryptic and desperate as Caul weaves through electronic blips and static to create the master tape, commissioned by a company executive only known as the director (an uncredited Robert Duvall), and eventually leads to Caul's unwilling involvement in a heinous plot.
Often referred to as being Hitchcockian (a term that is thrown around like an old rag), The Conversation is one of the few films actually worthy of the description, not only because of suspense, but also because of its reliance on non-dialogue techniques to tell its story.
www.aboutfilm.com /movies/c/conversation.htm   (693 words)

 Compare Prices and Read Reviews on Conversation at Epinions.com
They're having a conversation there because they are laboring under the impression no one can overhear them outside in a crowd.
The tape of the conversation is cruddy and plagued with weird-o interference and cruddy drop-outs.
For all it's status as a thriller film, "The Conversation's" pacing is rather on the stately side.
www.epinions.com /content_215142272644   (1022 words)

 The DVD Journal: The Conversation
Francis Ford Coppola's The Conversation harks back to the days of paranoia, the Kafkaesque aftermath of the hippie movement, when the once free-spirited hedonists were overwhelmed by the belief that the monolithic government (the same one that killed Kennedy) was now out to get them, to suppress the druggies and the activists.
Nevertheless, The Conversation is a masterpiece, one of Coppola's best and most personal films, and a movie that holds up remarkably well after almost 30 years.
The Conversation concerns one Harry Caul (Gene Hackman), a professional wiretapper.
www.dvdjournal.com /reviews/c/conversation.shtml   (808 words)

 Gerald Peary - essays - The Conversation
His model could be Francis Ford Coppola in the early 1970s, sandwiching The Conversation (1974)--downbeat, moody, eerily atmospheric, neo-European in its sensibility--between his mammoth popular masterpiece, The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather, Part II (1974).
When The Conversation first appeared in theatres, critics assumed that Coppola was making a topical film, as they compared the story of protaganist, Harry Caul, wire-tapper and surveillance man, to the then-daily headline sagas of the Watergate burglars.
The germ of The Conversation was a 1966 conversation with fellow director, Irvin Kershner.
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 DVDown Under REVIEW - The Conversation
His sophisticated techniques allow him to decipher some mumbled conversation that imply the couple are concerned that they will be murdered.
The Conversation is quite a slow moving suspense story that will not appeal to any one looking for action.
However for viewers with some patience and who are prepared to go a little deeper, the story is based on an interesting premise and is a worthwhile encounter observing the main character.s experiences.
dvdownunder.com.au /reviews/review.php?id=00470   (944 words)

Only this time, there's something sinister about the conversation between a young couple (played by Williams and Forest) that he just can't seem to shake.
We're not privy to the entire conversation, so we, like Harry, are left to figure out whether the intention behind the line, "He'd kill us if he got the chance" is meant literally or figuratively.
One would think a film about a man obsessed with a conversation would be slow and boring, however, this is anything but thanks to Hackman's brilliant performance.
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 GreenCine | product main - The Conversation (1974)
Made between The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather Part II (1974), and in part an homage to Michelangelo Antonioni's art-movie classic Blow-Up (1966), The Conversation was a return to small-scale art films for Francis Ford Coppola.
Praised by critics, The Conversation was not a popular hit, but it has since come to be seen as one of the artistic high points of the decade, as well as of Coppola's career.
The Conversation misses this entirely and perhaps that is a comment on Blowup there is no love in the Gene Hackman character for his work or his technique.
www.greencine.com /webCatalog?prodid=539   (1042 words)

 The Conversation (1974)
Francis Ford Coppola's The Conversation was one of the finest releases of the 1970s.
The fact that the director made it the same year he made The Godfather, Part II is all the more remarkable (even more noteworthy than Steven Soderbergh's Traffic and Erin Brockovich one-two punch).
Amazingly, The Conversation was the first movie he edited and he discusses the challenges of editing the 5 1/2-hour original cut while Coppola was off filming Godfather II.
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 SoundtrackNet : The Conversation Soundtrack
Shire's score to The Conversation is comprised largely of the composer himself playing solo piano, augmented occasionally by spare and shrill electronic effects that'll send shivers down your spine.
Considering the amount of shrieking dissonance that invades the last act of the film, this is one case where this type of composer re-sequencing serves the album quite well.
The Conversation is music that not only sticks in your head, but music that influenced (and arguably created) a completely new kind of psychological thriller score.
www.soundtrack.net /soundtracks/database/?id=2939   (680 words)

 It's a new year. Can we change the conversation?
Business conversation is the source of new ideas, new energy, and new directions.
Our resolutions for 2003 are not just to change the year, but also to change the conversation -- and to do it in two important ways.
Right now, the business conversation that we're involved in is all about serious innovation: It's an honest and hopeful reflection of tougher economic times that still demand creativity.
www.fastcompany.com /magazine/66/edlet.html   (569 words)

 BBC - BBC Four Cinema - The Conversation
However, embraced as it was by European critics, Coppola's landmark study of surveillance also struck a chord for American audiences in the post-Watergate years.
The Conversation deals with similar concerns pursued by Coppola's 'movie brat' contemporaries, particularly Martin Scorsese and Paul Schrader.
As the film opens, Harry undertakes a routine assignment, recording a conversation shared by a young couple in San Francisco's Union Square.
www.bbc.co.uk /bbcfour/cinema/features/conversation.shtml   (388 words)

 The Conversation (1974)
Harry, true to form, is unconcerned with the content of their conversation and sets out to deliver the tape to his client, known only as "The Director" (Robert Duvall).
While the video quality in particular shows its age this is actually a fascinating story which explores in detail what happens when a man, who normally bugs others and is consequently strict about his own privacy, is suddenly thrust into a situation where he is subjected to intensive bugging himself.
A fascinating point was how the filming of the conversation referred to in the title was carried out almost identically to the way that the characters execute it in the story.
www.michaeldvd.com.au /Reviews/Reviews.asp?ID=2724   (1397 words)

 The Conversation Continues
Also joining the conversation was Deirdre Good from the faculty of General Theological Seminary, where she is a New Testament professor with a special interest in the Gnostic Gospels.
And I think that a large part of the conversation has revolved not about whether Jesus should be protected from history, Dom, which I don't think I think is perfectly legitimate, to engage the figure of Jesus historically.
I think so often conversations go awry by trying to trace the origin of Christianity to an empty tomb or to a handful of visions when it really is a powerful transforming experience that kicks it off.
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 AMY GAHRAN: The Right Conversation: Missing the Conversation for the Blogs
If you do get conversation in blog comments, that is often only between commenters and not between the blogger and their commenters.
Now, if bloggers can't tell the difference between a conversation and something else, why criticise someone who looks in from the outside and commments on what they see rather than what they are told to think.
Message boards facilitate general, equal-opportunity conversation, but they thrive when either everyone posting is at an equal level or when there are a decent sprinkling of stars.
www.rightconversation.com /2006/01/missing_the_con.html   (2451 words)

 The Conversation soundtrack - David Shire
The deceptively simple, haunting piano score that Shire wrote for The Conversation is the result of Coppola asking Shire to read the script and compose themes that would influence the shooting and editing, rather than (as usual) having the music respond to an already edited film.
This is the premier release of The Conversation soundtrack (in any form!) and was produced directly from the original stereo session master tapes.
As a small bonus, also included on the CD is a real gem; a recording of the main theme by Shire and a full jazz combo that was never actually used in the final cut of the movie.
www.moviegrooves.com /shop/theconversationsoundtrack.htm   (291 words)

 BuzzMachine » Blog Archive » The one-sided conversation
But I always end up lecturing them about why we should have these conversations in public, how those will be better conversations for it, and why others should hear what they have to say.
The endless back-and-forth of conversation is not merely an interactive nicety — patting the heads of us darling readers out here, if you even deign to do that.
The conversation is a necessity to get to the truth and set the agenda and inform the democracy.
www.buzzmachine.com /index.php/2006/04/04/the-one-sided-conversation   (2642 words)

 The Conversation (1974)
A paranoid and personally-secretive surveillance expert has a crisis of conscience when he suspects that a couple he is spying on will be murdered.
The conversation that the film is based on is set up so well all threw out the film, the more we hear the more we think, it is repetition at its perfection.
`The Conversation' is a haunting and well constructed masterpiece that molds great acting with brilliant storytelling.
www.imdb.com /title/tt0071360   (920 words)

 :: rogerebert.com :: Reviews :: The Conversation (xhtml)   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The assignment: Bug a noon-hour conversation between two young people as they walk in a crowded plaza.
This gives him three imperfect recordings of their conversation, which he can electronically marry into one fairly good tape.
After he has recorded the conversation, he plays it again and again and becomes convinced that a death may result from it, if he turns the tape in.
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 The Conversation - Trailer - Cast - Showtimes - The New York Times
Made between The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather Part II (1974), and in part an homage to Michelangelo Antonioni's art-movie classic Blow-Up (1966), The Conversation was a return to small-scale art films for Francis Ford Coppola.
The Godfather Part II and The Conversation earned Coppola a rare pair of Oscar nominations for Best Picture, as well as two nominations for Best Screenplay (The Godfather Part II won both).
Praised by critics, The Conversation was not a popular hit, but it has since come to be seen as one of the artistic high points of the decade, as well as of Coppola's career.
movies.nytimes.com /movie/10898/The-Conversation/overview   (404 words)

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