Lambcast #627 The Conversation MOTM March

by Richard Kirkham · March 15, 2022 · Featured, LAMBcast · No Comments

There was not much chance that today’s group of guests would be in dispute about the quality of the MOTM for March, “The Conversation” from Francis Ford Coppola. This widely admired, minor classic was sandwiched between the first two “Godfather” films and it was a part of a phenomenal run of movies from the dominant director of the era.

David Brook takes over hosting, as he was the champion of the film. Richard and David are joined by Lisa Leaheey, Todd Liebenow , and James Wilson and they all take turns finding wonderful things to highlight throughout the film. Sound editing, paranoia, horror and Gene Hackman all come in for some scrutiny.

What has happened to our expectation of privacy? How much is technology rendering privacy obsolete? Is Google listening to this podcast right Now? We go off on a few tangents to show the continuing relevance of the film to today’s world. James as a former sound editor is particularly looking for the magic box that turns off all the sound except for the voices, I can tell you it’s not a button on Audacity.

In case you are unaware, “The Conversation” cast includes the great John Cazale, who only made five movies, all of which were Best Picture Nominees, Teri Garr who worked with Hackman this same year in “Young Frankenstein”, Allen Garfield who Todd thinks is creepy, and Harrison Ford who plays a character who really is creepy. Robert Duvall not only goes uncredited in the movie, he goes unmentioned in the podcast.

You also get Cindy Williams and Fredrick Forrest (and in this shot, Mime Robert Shields)

There are a lot of comments about how the film is shot, the sound is edited and how our brains work. Is jazz a perceptual filter that twists Harry Caul’s memory of the conversation or is it just a cheat that sound editor Walter Murch indulges in? Listen to us try to justify it so it is not a flaw in the film. Also, do you think that there was a sequel? Some of us suggest there was one.

Introduction

Discussion 3:20:45

Lambscores 1:07:30

Rants/Raves/Reviews 1:13:45

What’s the Line Game 1:39:45

Plugs 1:44:45

Lisa The Siblist Between the Scares

James Blogging By Cinema Light Forgotten Filmcast

Todd Forgotten Filmcast

David Blue Print Review

Richard KAMAD The Conversation

The show can be found, of course, via iTunes – just do a search for “LAMBcast.” Also, I always post a link to the show on the LAMBcast’s Facebook page, and there’s a player there if you’d like to listen online. Find the show here:

https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/lambcast/episodes/2022-03-15T09_52_26-07_00

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