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The Conversation

(Rated M)

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Presented by Museum of Contemporary Art

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A tautly menacing '70s treat, Francis Ford Coppola’s The Conversation stars Gene Hackman as Harry Caul, a respected surveillance expert. The nature of his work has given him a need for privacy, and he goes about his life with an intense sense of paranoia. Caul takes on a job taping what appears to be a simple conversation between a couple in a crowded, open space. Racked by guilt from a previous, bungled case and his devout Catholicism, Caul senses danger in the ambiguous words he’s recorded, deciding not to hand it over to the company who has commissioned him, led by Harrison Ford and Robert Duvall. What follows is one of the most gripping thrillers ever made, as Harry falls deeper and deeper into the kind of trouble that can’t even be comforted by playing the saxophone...

Why You Should See This Film

The United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress considers this film to be "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" and so do we. The performances and narrative are only outdone by the excellent score by David Shire, which, once you’ve heard it, is destined to be circling in your head forever and ever. The Conversation is a suspense classic.

Presented by Museum of Contemporary Art

One of the most important women artists working today, Cornelia Parker OBE is known for her transformation of everyday objects into unexpected, haunting scenarios. Working with sculpture and installation, as well as drawing, photography and film, Parker positions her subjects at the very moment of their transformation, suspended in time and completely still.

Arriving in November 2019, Cornelia Parker is the first major survey exhibition of the eponymous British artist’s work in the Southern Hemisphere. This Sydney-exclusive exhibition will feature over 40 artworks from across the artist’s career, including large-scale installations, embroideries, works on paper, video works, and a selection of small-scale sculptures and objects.

Selected by Parker herself, this film screening with include a special introduction from MCA Chief Curator Rachel Kent.

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  • Year: 1974
  • Rating: M
  • Director: Francis Ford Coppola
  • Cast: Gene Hackman, John Cazale, Allen Garfield
  • Duration: 113 minutes
  • Language: English
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