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Who Can You Trust? Launch: The Conversation

Francis Ford Coppola’s tour de force in editing and sound design is the ultimate paranoia thriller.

Image from Who Can You Trust? Launch: The Conversation

USA 1974
Dir Francis Ford Coppola
With Gene Hackman, John Cazale, Allen Garfield
Certificate 12A

Gene Hackman excels as Harry Caul, a legendary surveillance expert who becomes obsessed with a fragment of conversation he’s commissioned to secretly record. Copolla’s taut, sparse thriller is a reflection of the paranoid, post-Vietnam American psyche, channels the fears of an intesifying Cold War and is a commentary on the voyeuristic nature of cinema. Inspired by the relationship of surveillance sound to cinema, on the evening of 20 Oct the BFI Southbank will be wired for a sound-based evening, blurring the line between viewer and protagonist.

Stuart Brown

Harry Caul’s Workshop

By dubmorphology

Fri 20 Oct from 17:30 - 21:30 BFI Southbank Foyer (FREE)

An interactive audio-visual performance

“It's no ordinary conversation. It makes me feel... something.”
- Harry Caul, The Conversation

You are invited inside Harry Caul’s workshop in a live audio-visual performance made of stolen sounds and captured conversations by audio-visual artists dubmorphology. But watch out… the BFI Southbank will be bugged for one-night only using sound surveillance technology. Filtered recordings will create a live playback soundscape so listen carefully. You might just hear yourself…

Create your own montage mix of the film The Conversation, remixing sound, image and textures in a personalised installation that will remain for the duration of the Thriller season.

Dubmorphology is a London-based research, production and performance duo who make sound and visual installations. Gary Stewart also performs in the Dubnoiz Coalition exploring the outer limits of improvised bass, noise and distortion. Trevor Mathison composes for film, working closely with award-winning filmmaker John Akomfrah of Smoking Dogs Films.

See other screenings of The Conversation.

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