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Trailers From Hell: Josh Olson on Coppola's 'The Conversation'

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood June 19, 2012 at 2:48PM

Check out screenwriter Josh Olson ("A History of Violence") introducing Francis Ford Coppola's 1974 masterpiece "The Conversation":
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Check out screenwriter Josh Olson ("A History of Violence") introducing Francis Ford Coppola's 1974 masterpiece "The Conversation":

Sandwiched in between his two Godfather triumphs, Francis Coppola’s tense thriller is a quietly malevolent masterpiece. Gene Hackman plays his reputedly favorite role as an obsessive surveillance expert whose recordings of a possible murder put him in jeopardy.  Partially inspired by Antonioni’s Blow Up, this is the kind of grown-up movie they just don’t make anymore–remarkable in its time and still impressive today despite the intervening leaps in technology.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.