The Conversation Summary
The Conversation begins in the middle of a busy square, where a band plays, and a man wanders around trying to avoid stepping on any cracks. The man follows another man through the streets. A sign on a building says City Paris, and a photographer is locking in on a couple from his position on top of a building. The couple goes behind a wall but they don't reappear. Instead, they enjoy the band, and then continue on their way. We can hear the couple's conversation fuzzily come through on some type of a transmitter.
Security Specialist Harry Caul, dressed in a suit and a transparent raincoat, follows the couple while they walk. After they see a homeless man on the street, the woman says that those men were once someone's child, and it makes her sad to see them living like this. Harry then...
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The Conversation Film Summary
Francis Ford Coppola Biographies (3)
1,591 words, approx. 6 pages
Schooled in low-budget filmmaking, Francis Ford Coppola (born 1939) has gone on to direct some of the most financially successful and critically acclaimed movies in U.S. cinematic history.Francis Ford...
4,579 words, approx. 16 pages
Francis Ford Coppola rests in an elite company of American film directors who often write their own screenplays and at times produce their own movies. He has won five Academy Awards and was the first ...
5,194 words, approx. 18 pages
Francis Ford Coppola is one of the first and most successful graduates of the California film schools. Like many of his peers, he has been fascinated with movies since childhood and has drawn on the w...
Essays & Analysis (4)
1,427 words, approx. 5 pages
Critical Essay by David Denby
The Conversation is remarkably ambitious and serious—a Hitchcockian thriller, a first-rate psychological portrait of a distinctive modern villain (a professional e...
921 words, approx. 4 pages
Critical Essay by William S. Pechter
[The Conversation calls strongly to mind] Antonioni's 1966 film, Blow-Up. Though this is most obvious in the actual "blow-up" (i.e., tape-deci...
401 words, approx. 2 pages
Critical Essay by Fred Kaplan
[Much of The Conversation] is very well-made…. There is, of course, no James Bond glamour, and yet Coppola also manages not to show off his sense of realism in any...
1,316 words, approx. 5 pages
Critical Essay by James W. Palmer
Francis Ford Coppola's The Conversation is a perplexing film about a wiretapper named Harry Caul who becomes involved in a murder. Harry is less a character in...