Thursday, August 16, 2007

Watch the movie The Conversation

It's a little late to be delving into the history of the city, seeing as you're moving and all, but why not take a break from packing and go rent The Conversation?

Written and directed by Francis Ford Coppola, it stars a young-ish Gene Hackman as a paranoid surveillance expert hired for a job that quickly takes over his life. An even younger Harrison Ford makes an appearance as the creepy inside guy.

Released in 1974, it provides glimpses of '70s-era San Francisco. See how many landmarks you can spot!

The Conversation was nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Screenplay. You can find it at your local video store--I recommend Lost Weekend. Check out this interesting article on the movie and its strange path to release. Here is the (spoiler!) trailer for the movie. (My dad says that the '70s comprised the best decade in American cinema.)

1 comment:

Yo, Adrien! said...

And how!
1974, the Year 'The Conversation' was released, also saw the release of The Godfather II, Chinatown, Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, Hearts and Minds, The Last Detail, Young Frankenstein and Blazing Saddles. Steven Spielberg and Sydney Lumet had relative duds, but would strike big in 1975 with Dog Day Afternoon and Jaws, respectively. Terrence Malick had just broken onto the scene with Badlands.
God, the '70's were great.
Sadly, the heyday of American cinema took a nosedive in 1977 when tastes changed from the social realism of the '70s for the hammy '80s: Rocky beat out Network, All the President's Men, and Taxi Driver for the Best Picture Oscar.

But definitely see 'The Conversation.' Great film from the best decade in American cinema.