The screening on Wednesday 10 July 18:20 features a Q&A with film editor and sound designer Walter Murch.

  • Director

    Francis Ford Coppola

  • With

    Gene Hackman, John Cazale, Cindy Williams

  • USA 1974. 114min

  • Digital 4K

  • Certificate

    12A

  • A Studiocanal release

We celebrate the 50th anniversary of Francis Ford Coppola’s Palme d’Or-winning surveillance thriller, a film that continues to grow in relevance and stature. Gene Hackman has rarely been better than he is in this conspiracy thriller, playing surveillance expert Harry Caul. A solitary, intensely private individual, Harry strives for an ethical approach to his work, even as he struggles with pangs of guilt for his past mistakes. His obsession with latest job – he believes he may have discovered a murder plot – makes him increasingly paranoid. Coppola wrings every last drop of tension from his lean screenplay while an impressive supporting cast and David Shire’s celebrated score contribute to a sense of unease. Released at the height of the Watergate Scandal in the US, the film now feels prophetic in its portrait of an all-pervasive surveillance culture.

Justin Johnson, Lead Programmer

The screenings on Saturday 6 July 13:20 NFT2 and Monday 8 July 18:00 NFT3 will be presented with subtitles, including descriptions of non dialogue audio.