Francis Ford Coppola is best known for directing The Godfather movies. He released The Conversation the same year as The Godfather II, and they’re an interesting contrast. The Conversation, which won the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival, is a much smaller and tighter story, but in many ways its themes are more far-reaching. It focuses on a surveillance expert (played by Gene Hackman) and his concern over the potential uses of one of his recordings. It’s a fascinating character study, and through Hackman we see surveillance technology and techniques that are relevant to privacy issues today.
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