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The Conversation (1974) - Blather, Rinse, Repeat
December 1st, 2008
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The Conversation (1974)
Starring Gene Hackman
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola
Also Appearing: Cindy "Shirl" Williams, Teri "Wasn't she in the same role in Tootsie?" Garr, and Harrison "not yet scruffy" Ford

Hackman plays a security expert back when spying on people didn't involve recording their keystrokes or breaking into their bank accounts. He's working on an assignment, monitoring the conversation between a man and a woman.

This is ostensibly a "puzzle film" - one that makes more sense as you view it more than once, using knowledge from later in the movie to make sense of earlier scenes. I only saw it once, and the things that I'm most unsatisfied with aren't the scenes that were early in the movie, it's the scenes at the end that leave unanswered questions.

One of the refreshing things about this movie was seeing a recognizable location in San Francisco, back when people made movies in the US.

Bottom Line: Thumbs up for a suspenseful movie and to see a young Harrison Ford.


I still have 10 movies to watch before the end of the year if I want to complete the project of all the AFI 100 and Amazon 250 top movies of my lifetime by the end of the year. That should be possible if I work at it, and if NetFlix doesn't throttle my DVDs.

I tried to watch Das Boot on the XBox/NetFlix streaming service, and I couldn't get the picture to fit onscreen without the subtitles clipping off. My German's really not that good - I need the subtitles. Also, my bandwidth is lousy, so streaming movies (along with the Fedora upgrades that were going on at the same time) is unsatisfying. So, DVDs for the foreseeable future.

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Date:December 3rd, 2008 04:08 pm (UTC)
No, I haven't got around to seeing that, but I'll add it to my queue - thanks!
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Date:June 2nd, 2009 03:31 pm (UTC)
Done and done!

I did enjoy EotS, and I'm glad to have seen The Conversation first. I particularly liked the scenes in EotS where they listen in on the conversation in the plaza. Very nice reference to The Conversation.
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