Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Capital Celluloid 2015 - Day 312: Sun Nov 8

The Conversation (Coppola, 1974): Picturehouse Central, 1.30pm

This is a special screening of Francis Ford Coppola's superb film. The afternoon starts with American artist Rachel Rose, whose exhibition, Palisades, is on view at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery from 1 October-8 November, discussing visual and sound techniques with legendary Oscar-winning editor and sound designer Walter Murch. Murch's work, apart from The Conversation, includes The Godfather: Part II (1974), Apocalypse Now (1979) and The English Patient (1996).

Chicago Reader review: 
Gene Hackman excels in Francis Ford Coppola's tasteful, incisive 1974 study of the awakening of conscience in an “electronic surveillance technician.” Coppola manages to turn an expert thriller into a portrayal of the conflict between ritual and responsibility without ever letting the levels of tension subside or the complicated plot get muddled. Fine support from Allen Garfield as an alternately amiable and desperately envious colleague, plus a superb sound track (vital to the action) by Walter Murch—all this and a fine, melancholy piano score by David Shire. 
Don Druker

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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