The Filmmaking: The Conversation Part 2

Nookendra Pradeep Raju Thota

In an earlier post, I have said that there is another interesting shot in the movie ‘The Conversation’. This shot is not so much like a difficult shot to shoot, but what interests me more about this shot is what it brings to the table. It is interesting in that it goes beyond its immediate purposes of forcing the plot forward, and tries to give an insight into people.

The shot begins with Harry in the confessional, and telling the priest his sins. The focus is completely on Harry at the beginning of the shot.

The confession 1

But as his monologue proceeds, the camera zooms on…

The confession 2

…and on until he is totally out of focus; The background which had been dark until now, is illuminated.

The confession 3

The camera zooms further until Harry is completely out of the frame and we can make out the face of the priest through the mesh.

the confession 4

If this…

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The Filmmaking: The Conversation Part 1

Nookendra Pradeep Raju Thota

‘The Conversation’, a 1974 film by Francis Ford Coppola, sandwiched between the two Godfathers, is one of his most under-rated films. Inspired by Michelangelo Antonioni’s ‘Blow-Up’, the film follows Harry Caul(Gene Hackman), a surveillance technician, who grows paranoid, when one of his recent projects involves murder.

The first scene in the movie shows us how Harry goes about his project, recording a conversation between a young people, who are walking in a park, surrounded by a large and boisterous crowd. The second scene in the movie, which is the one I want to discuss here, takes us into Harry’s apartment, after him having completed his job, as he has a conversation on the phone with his landlady.

It is a simple scene, and there could have been so many ways that one could have shot it. But Coppola’s choice is at once simple and also somehow seems to be making…

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Casas de Sonhos #Open and Dream Houses

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Chateau do Vinnie

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First Night Design | ‘Without music life would be a mistake.’

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First Night Design

The Palace Theatre of Varieties
The Palace Theatre of Varieties

Palace Theatre of Varieties Greeting Cards
Palace Theatre of Varieties Greeting Cards

Both of these designs are adapted from my original late 19th century music hall playbills for the Palace Theatre of Varieties, ‘The Handsomest Music Hall in Europe’.

This London theatre was originally built as a venue for opera by Richard D’Oyly Carte but only one opera – Arthur Sullivan’s Ivanhoe – was ever produced.  The theatre was renamed the Palace Theatre in 1911, a name it retains to this day.

Varieties & Novelties Greeting Card
Varieties & Novelties Greeting Card


‘Without music life would be a mistake.’
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Take care and keep laughing!

Sarah

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