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Richmond Hill's rating of the film The Conversation

A fascinatingly inverted morality play with ambiguous and fragmentary notions of privacy, guilt and (for this period, almost obligatory) paranoia. No straight road to Damascus here with Hackman excelling in a shiftily nuanced and torn role. Shire's alternately naggingly riffy piano theme and dissonant musique concrete superbly underscore the bluey-grey visual palette in a (thrillingly) locked mise-en-scene.