TSPDT Greatest Films #166 The Conversation (Francis Ford Coppola, 1974)
A very musical film, Coppola's The Conversation is about an invader of privacy that tape people's conversations for his clients. Respected by his pairs and regarded has a myth he only lives for his work and never cared about the people's lifes. But one day a conversation he tapes, the one from the openning sequence, changes his approach on his work and he starts to care about what is gonna happen after his job is done.
With the success of The Godfather, Francis Ford Coppola made the film he wanted to make: The Conversation. A more minimalist approach to films and a personnal film is the result of The Conversation. A film inspired by european filmmakers of the 1960's, Italian films and the French New Wave films. After Apocalypse Now, The Conversation is the best film Coppola made in his entire career. The Godfather saga was not bad but the romantic/traditionnal touch of the films is too much and they don't pass the test of time because they feel old.
The Conversation should be regarded has one of the best films of the 1970's and it's a shame it is shadowed by the two first parts of The Godfather... This is a highly recommended film that every cinephile must have seen.
A Film Review by Michaël Parent