Comments on: Review: The Conversation http://www.top10films.co.uk/archives/10538 Can't decide what movie to watch? Top 10 Films has the answer! Sat, 08 Aug 2015 09:48:51 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 By: mark http://www.top10films.co.uk/archives/10538#comment-169698 Sat, 14 Apr 2012 00:35:47 +0000 http://www.top10films.co.uk/?p=10538#comment-169698 Yet to see the DVD or Blu Ray version of this, which means I haven’t been exposed to the full glories of Walter Murch.

What I’ve always found interesting is the fact that when this was initially released in Perth (Western Australia) during the 1970s, it was part of a double bill with The Parallax View.

This was rare – at the time double bills in the local cinema (as opposed to the drive-ins) were pretty much non existent. So why did this happen? Well, apart from the fact they were both films about paranoia, it linked the eavesdropping Nixon era with the assassination conspiracy one of the previous decade, when JFK’s murder was still up in the air. Perfect marketing for a bored 1970s audience sitting on the edge of the empire, I guess.

Pity Gordon Willis didn’t shoot both films – that might have provided some kind of underlying connection. Interestingly, The Conversation was shot by Bill Butler, the man who photographed Jaws. Any explainable connection, Dan?

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By: Frank http://www.top10films.co.uk/archives/10538#comment-130428 Tue, 21 Feb 2012 01:10:14 +0000 http://www.top10films.co.uk/?p=10538#comment-130428 I just bought this on Blu Ray, and I think his is Hackman’s best performance, because for the first and only time in his career, he shatters his typecast and doesn’t play the overbearing, bullheaded alpha.

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By: ruth http://www.top10films.co.uk/archives/10538#comment-128262 Fri, 17 Feb 2012 19:02:56 +0000 http://www.top10films.co.uk/?p=10538#comment-128262 I just saw this recently. It’s a bit on the slow side but it’s definitely a good movie, Hackman was brilliant.

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By: Phil http://www.top10films.co.uk/archives/10538#comment-124979 Mon, 13 Feb 2012 09:41:38 +0000 http://www.top10films.co.uk/?p=10538#comment-124979 I love this film. Hackman is brill.

I also like the fact his character in Enemy of the State is pretty much the same person

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By: Evan Crean http://www.top10films.co.uk/archives/10538#comment-123877 Sat, 11 Feb 2012 23:33:49 +0000 http://www.top10films.co.uk/?p=10538#comment-123877 I love films where paranoia fuels suspense. I just added this to my Netflix queue.

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By: Jack Deth http://www.top10films.co.uk/archives/10538#comment-122890 Fri, 10 Feb 2012 15:12:15 +0000 http://www.top10films.co.uk/?p=10538#comment-122890 Hi, Dan and company:

Excellent choice for a topic of conversation!

Not only does ‘The Conversation’ have at its core Gene Hackman’s best, most understated roles. The film is a treat for those who like to take the time and absorb its nuances and revel in the realm of suspense tinged atmosphere. And palpable paranoia delivered through quiet intimidation provided by Harrison Ford.

Hitchcock would have been pleased with Coppola’s efforts.

Oh, BTW. This film was ROBBBED at the Oscars!

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By: Colin http://www.top10films.co.uk/archives/10538#comment-122350 Thu, 09 Feb 2012 21:57:24 +0000 http://www.top10films.co.uk/?p=10538#comment-122350 One of the greats. Better than the Godfather? Controversial. If they were both on my DVD shelf I’m pretty sure I’d choose this one to rewatch first, so maybe it is.

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By: FilmsrRuss http://www.top10films.co.uk/archives/10538#comment-122068 Thu, 09 Feb 2012 12:54:59 +0000 http://www.top10films.co.uk/?p=10538#comment-122068 Just added it to my LoveFilm list. I’ve heard of this before but never seen it. I love The Lives of Others, which is a smilar idea, and if this is as good as you say then I really must see it.

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