The Conversation (Coppola, US, 1974)
Guided by Francis Ford Coppola, Gene Hackman cranks out a career performance as a master surveillance operator hiring himself out to private clients. A nonpareil professional, he delivers recordings of conversations, normally impossible for any other bugger, and expresses no concern for the use of the information, despite evidence of lethal consequences. This tightly wrapped ethos begins to unravel when his latest case, his pièce de résistance, uncovers threats of imminent danger, and Hackman loses his moral bearings as he discovers a world of surveillance beyond even his paranoid ken. As Newsweek noted at the time, the film is “brilliantly original in its basic style and mood and prophetically American in its vision of a monitored society.” Winner of Best Film at Cannes Film Festival, 1974.
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