Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Sight & Sound Challenge: The Conversation (1974)

Film: The Conversation (31/250)
Critics Poll: 183rd 
Directors Poll: 224th 
First Time/Rewatch: First Time 

"He'd kill us if he had the chance."

One simple sentence can mean two entirely different things depending on how you hear it. This is an intriguing film about paranoia and obsession. I enjoyed that it could be interpreted in different ways by the viewer, much like the conversation at the heart of this film. For example, I found Gene Hackman's Harry Caul to be a completely unreliable protagonist. We know so little about him that I wondered how much of his experiences and perceptions were actually happening. What would it mean if he really saw and heard all these things? What would it mean if he didn't? The film dragged a little for me in the middle, but the ending opens up all those doors of possibilities again. What does it all mean?

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