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Francis Ford Coppola's THE CONVERSATION at the Vista, Los Feliz

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FRI, MAY 24, 2019 11:59p The Conversation (1974, American Zoetrope, dir by Francis Ford Coppola, 113mns, DCP or 35mm)

Francis Ford Coppola’s run in the 1970’s is near unbelievable. He co-wrote (or outright wrote) and directed The Godfather, The Conversation, The Godfather Pt. II, and Apocalypse Now in succession from 1972-1979. Like Kubrick would do, each movie appears intent to outdo the movie before in some kind of way. The unbelievable miracle is that somehow, in a way, each movie does.

The Conversation starring Gene Hackman in one of his all-time great performances as conflicted surveillance expert Harry Caul is the movie Coppola made between Godfathers. Returning to his home base of San Francisco, Coppola made what is probably the absolute best of his “small, personal” movies (which might include The Rain People, Rumble Fish, Tetro, all fascinating movies in their own right).

The Conversation tells the story of how Harry records (without their knowledge) a couple discussing something in a park at the beginning of the movie as part of a routine job and slowly comes to fear that the people who ordered the job may want to kill or murder the recorded couple.

Because Caul ran into this problem before with a previous recording, and because he is a conflicted Catholic who is also paranoid that he himself might be surveilled, Caul begins to obsess about what to do. Does he destroy the recording? Does he insist on knowing what it’s used for? Does he take the money?

Coppola and Hackman together (again proving how important the director and actor are to each other’s success, how important it is to understand movies as working best when collaborators encourage/push each other to do their very best) make a movie that more perfectly, expertly captures the moment of the paranoid 1970’s on the cusp of the Watergate fallout than any other movie.

We also get again (as we will in Dog Day Afternoon) a beautiful supporting performance from 1970’s “he’s in everything!” Character actor John Cazale as Caul’s frustrated assistant.

The Conversation along with Brian De Palma’s Blow Out and Mel Brooks’ High Anxiety are all American movies that were clearly influenced by Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1966 swinging London’s existential murder mystery thriller Blow Up. Yet Coppola, more effectively than anyone, makes the premise his own.

And Gene Hackman proves, yet again, that he is one of the greatest actors America has ever produced. Be on the look out also for a mysterious Robert Duvall and a very young Harrison Ford making cameos.

In the end though, come watch a hypnotic, fascinating, mysterious thriller. One of Coppola’s and the 1970’s absolute best.

Best always,

Craig Hammill

35mm Secret Movie Club Programmer.Organizer

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

TICKETS: Tickets for all our events are available online at https://secretmovieclub.eventbrite.com or through each individual event on our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/secretmovieclub35mm/. Unless otherwise noted, all our movies screen at The Vista Theater, 4473 Sunset Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027.

We currently are showing 1-2 movies a season at the Los Feliz 3, 1822 North Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027; about 8 blocks from the Vista Theater in Los Feliz.

We also make tickets available at the Vista Box Office.

REFUNDS: We will honor all refund requests as long as they are made 24 hours or more before the listed start time of the screening. After that, no refunds. Sorry.

HOW DOES A SECRET MOVIE CLUB 2019 WINTER SEASON ALL-ACCESS PASS WORK: If you buy an ALL-ACCESS PASS (access to all 32 movies we’re showing from January 5th 2019 @ 11:59pm-March 2019), you get entrance into every single movie we show throughout our Winter 2019 Season (including any special events we may announce at a later time; so your value may increase!). This is our best deal at $192.00 (or $6 per movie). This offer is available through the following EVENTBRITE LINK:

If you decide to buy the ALL-ACCESS PASS and have already bought a series pass or individual ticket, just write us: secretmovieclub@curiousproductions.com and we’ll issue you a refund for the individual tickets you bought before the all-access pass.

The All-Access Pass is available for purchase until January 5th, 2019 @ 11:59p which is the evening of PAN’S LABYRINTH, our first movie of the Winter 2019 season. After that, series passes and individual tickets will remain available.

With the ALL-ACCESS PASS, we generate a special list with your name on it. All you have to do is come to our table ahead of each movie, give us your name, and get your ticket.

HOW DOES A SERIES PASS WORK: If you buy an Individual Series Pass, you gain entrance to all movies in that series. This is our next best deal after the Season All-Access pass. If you know you can make a series in January but not a series in March, this is the way to go.

The price of each Series Pass depends on how many movies we show in that series. So for instance if we are showing 6 movies in the series, the pass would cost $54 (or $9 per movie). If we are showing 4 movies in that series, the pass would cost $36, and so on.

You can buy the Series Pass through any individual Eventbrite link for a movie in that series. Then, we generate a special list with your name on it. All you have to do is come to our table ahead of each movie, give us your name, and get your ticket.

MOVIEPASS (as of late November 2018): While we do accept and want you to use your MoviePass, we advise all moviegoers to first check the current MoviePass rules and regulations to make sure they can still use their MoviePass for our events. Secret Movie Club and the Vista Theater are not associated with nor responsible for any changes in policy on the part of MoviePass or any similar service.

CONCESSIONS: The Vista Concessions stand is open for all our events. So you will always have access to popcorn, soda, candy, coffee the works!

PARKING: The Vista has no dedicated parking lot. Thankfully, there is parking in the residential areas around the Vista Theater. Just plan to get to the theater 20 minutes earlier than normal so you have enough time to park, walk to the theater, get your tickets, get in line. Make sure you read the street signs! Hillhurst and Sunset Drive tend to be the best for street parking. Avoid Rosalia and Commonwealth as they have permit-only parking rules. We don’t want any Secret Movie Clubbers getting parking tickets.


SHOWTIMES: We screen our movies before or after the Vista’s official movies. This is why most of our showtimes are either at midnight or between 10am-11am in the morning. Always check the listed showtime before buying your ticket.

MAILING LIST: We started as a secret email list way back in April of 2016. In respect to our origins, we will always announce our upcoming seasons, special events, and speakers with the ability to get tickets via the email list first before posting to Facebook or anywhere else. If you’d like to get on the secret email list, email us at: secretmovieclub@curiousproductions.com.

OTHER QUESTIONS: You can always email us at: secretmovieclub@curiousproductions.com . We work to respond asap within receipt of your email. If you don't get a response within 48 hours, please email us again.




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