Francis Ford Coppola

A brief point about the ‘look’ of The Conversation

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Watching The Conversation last night and thinking how even its noirishness is folded into a modernist visual aesthetic. It’s quite striking.

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The Godfather (Francis Ford Coppola, USA, 1972)

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the Godfather

It was a joy to rediscover this. I was too young to see it when it came out, though I remember the excitement in grade school when they broadcast the first and second film knitted together with additional footage and, if I remember correctly, in chronological order, as a television miniseries. The opening, the closing, the baptism, the killing in the restaurant: all are great and it’s hard to fault the film. It has a beautiful gravitas and is to me a clear example of  lean, classic, filmmaking. It is often described as operatic, and of course in a certain sense it is, but very sparse in comparison to the current bombast. With Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Diane Keaton.

José Arroyo