Brian De Palma's BLOW OUT & Francis Ford Coppola’s THE CONVERSATION
Brain De Palma’s BLOW OUT (R, 1981, 108 min)
In Blow Out, brilliantly crafted by Brian De Palma, John Travolta gives one of his greatest performances, as Jack, a movie sound-effects man who believes he has accidentally recorded a political assassination. He enlists the help of Sally (Nancy Allen), a possible eyewitness to the crime who may be in danger herself, to uncover the truth. With its jolting stylistic flourishes, intricate plot, and gritty evocation of early-1980s Philadelphia, Blow Out is an American paranoia thriller unlike any other.
Francis Ford Coppola’s THE CONVERSATION (PG, 1972, 113 min)
Gene Hackman stars as Harry Caul, an expert surveillance man. A routine wiretapping job turns into a nightmare when Harry hears something disturbing in his recording of a young couple in a park. His investigation of the tape and how it might be used sends Harry spiraling into a web of secrecy, murder and paranoia. Set against the backdrop of San Francisco, The Conversation costars Frederic Forrest and Harrison Ford and symbolizes the uneasy line where technology and privacy cross.
Friday, January 13