The Conversation


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Directed By Francis Ford Coppola

Francis Ford Coppola’s sprawling mob opera The Godfather celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and a new 4k restoration is being screened in cinemas across the UK this weekend.


The 1970s saw the pinnacle of Coppola’s career that began with The Godfather in 1972 and The Godfather Part II in 1974, and ended with his magnum opus Apocalpyse Now in 1979. In between the first two Godfather movies he squeezed out another masterpiece in The Conversation, an existential spy thriller that explores privacy and paranoia in 70s San Francisco starring Gene Hackman.


Out of this quartet of 70’s New Hollywood cinema, The Conversation was the least revered and commercially successful but has since been regarded in equal acclaim to his seminal epics. This layered and unsettling mystery follows surveillance expert Caul (Hackman) who becomes obsessed with a couple after recording a cryptic conversation.