The Conversation: Movie Analysis

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The Conversation: Movie Analysis The Conversation was an art film made by Francis Ford Coppola. The director Francis Ford Coppola wanted to use the concept of repetition in this film. The way he incorporated repetition in the film was by replaying a conversation that was taped by the main character Harry Caul. The story was about Harry Caul and his life as an expert surveillance man. He was hired to do a routine wire-tapping job which required him to record a young couple. As he replays the recording you start to notice discrepancies. You realize that Caul starts to allow his work to affect his personal life and in turn his personal life starts to affect the way we hear the conversation. (The Conversation) During the initial recording of the conversation we only hear bits and pieces of their conversation because it’s not a clear recording yet. It seems like a conversation about nothing and you start to wonder why they are even recording the conversation in the first place. Is this a couple or are they just business associates? Stan, Caul’s assistant, is wondering the same thing. He tells Caul that he wonders who is interested in the couple and he wonders what the conversation is about. Harry tells him that he doesn’t care what their talking about, all he wants is a nice fat recording. You get the impression that Caul takes his job seriously and he doesn’t allow himself to get involved personally. (The Conversation) Then you get a glimpse of Caul’s private life and you realize that he does let his job affect him on a personal level. You see this when Caul returns home after work. He walks into his apartment building and goes to unlock his door and he has three different locks on it. Once he opens the door an alarm system goes off. Clearly he has privacy issues. (The Conversation) Even Cauls work shop is completely locked up. The
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