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Funky 70s films I: The Conversation

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Sign out this 1974 Francis Ford Coppola gem if you stumble across it, or place a hold on The Conversation, by clicking on the title. The Conversation stars Gene Hackman as a private surveillance expert with a haunted past. He's hired by a corporate executive, or probably the exec's sinister administrative assistant played by a young Harrison Ford (!), to wire tap his wife (Cindy Williams of Laverne and Shirley!) and her lover in a public plaza. Hackman's hypervigilant Harry Caul starts to unravel as the assignment progresses. There's a great long opening shot and other great film techniques as well as strong acting from the leads and excellent Scott Joplin-esque piano solos by David Shire in the background. Requisite 70s funkiness includes wide ties, the rapid bongo music during the fight scene and the first words heard in the film referring to "getting it on." Be sure to watch the original trailer (love the hammy voice-over) and the short documentary about Coppola's process of filming. For more Gene-Hackmania, check out our earlier blog post "Whose Afraid of Gene Hackman?"

by Mel

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