Sequence Analysis Of The Conversation

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Sequence Analysis – The Conversation Film Studies 1020 Don’t always believe everything you hear. This everyday quote proves to be most definitely correct in the 1974, psychological thriller, The Conversation. The film regards a man whose life revolves around listening in on what others are saying. Subsequently, it turns out that he gets a massive dose of his own medicine. Harry Caul, the film’s main character is a paranoid man of few words who does everything possible to keep his life as private as can be. Yet, his profession involves the exact opposite; invading others privacy. The plot of the film is mainly based on a conversation involving a male and female engaging in an affair. Due to the fact that much of the conversation was missed by the surveillance recordings, it leads Harry Caul to believe that they are in grave danger; however the truth is the exact opposite. The Conversation’s absence of sound in many shots represents the ambiguity and absence of the reality in the line “He’d kill us if he had the chance” and the lack of love and emotion in Harry Caul’s life. Sound and speech is incredibly subjective and is very dependent on perspective. For example, screams can often be interpreted in two ways; one being out of fear, and the other being out of excitement. This sort of misconception is extremely similar to that of which occurs in The Conversation. The misinterpretation of the line “He’d kill us if he had the chance” causes an extreme amount of confusion and drama. There are many flaws in the methodology behind Harry Caul’s form of eavesdropping on the civilians of San Francisco, however to say that the misinterpretation was all his own fault would be quite naïve. A single inflection can change the entire meaning of a sentence. And in Harry Caul’s case, it was a very, very big change. Harry; being a professional eavesdropper, asserts to have an
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