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The Conversation
Institute of Contemporary Arts
June 2022
The Conversation, dir. Francis Ford Coppola, USA 1974, 109 min., English, 12


‘Coppola’s The Conversation was an enigma during my teen years. I viewed the VHS copy of the film and couldn’t understand the key sentence that Frederic Forrest whispered to Cindy Williams. Gene Hackman spends the entire film trying to crack the phrase. I spent more than 10 years, with countless re-watchings, until the film blossomed in me like a beautiful infection. Despite the VHS’s humble sound quality, this film triggered my infatuation with sound design in cinema.’

Francis Ford Coppola’s claustrophobic masterpiece follows a lone surveillance expert (Gene Hackman) as he uncovers a chilling secret – and finds his own life terrifyingly tangled up with the couple on whom he’s being paid to spy. Winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 1974, this 1970s cinema landmark has been selected by director Apichatpong Weerasethakul as part of his 3+3 season at the ICA.
 
08:55 pm
Tue, 25 Jan 2022
Cinema 1
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