Saturday, 15 July 2017

Capital Celluloid 2017 - Day 212: Wed Aug 2

The Conversation (Coppola, 1974): Curzon Soho, 6.20pm

Enthusiasms and NoDirectionHome present Francis Ford Coppola’s The Conversation, with Walter Murch Q&A, hosted by Matt Harlock (director of American: The Bill Hicks Story and founder of NoDirectionHome). Murch is one of the pivotal figures of New Hollywood, working variously as a first sound designer and later as film editor on, among many others, THX 1138, American Graffiti, Apocalypse Now and all three Godfather films. An innovator in sound, he began experimenting with tape recording as a child and, before studying film in the 1960s, worked in radio. His closest collaboration has been with Francis Ford Coppola, from 1969’s The Rain People up to 2009’s Tetro.

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 soundtrack (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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