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Watch: In Francis Ford Coppola’s ‘The Conversation,’ The Opening Sequence Foretells Our Future

Watch: In Francis Ford Coppola's 'The Conversation,' The Opening Sequence Foretells Our Future

Do you think you have privacy? You don’t. Do you think no one saw? They did. You think that email is secure? It’s not. You think no one’s listening? They are. You think we’re “safe”? We probably aren’t. The intimate portrait of a surveillance professional painted in Francis Ford Coppola’s ‘The Conversation’ was, to put it mildly, ahead of its time in its suggestion of a culture in which privacy is violated all the time and in which, strangely enough, through social media and other similar outlets, we give up our privacy with alarming ease. The newest installment of “The Discarded Image” from Julian Palmer at 1848 Media examines the powerful opening sequence of Coppola’s film, linking it to its strongest influence, Michelangelo Antonioni’s ‘Blow-Up,” as well as a number of contemporary films. 

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