Harry Caul is the best surveillance expert on the West Coast; he’s not interested in what he records, he only wants the recording to be clear. Until one day he hears something that involves him. It has become legendary: Gene Hackman in his clear plastic raincoat, playing the sax in his depressing apartment. An image of disorientation, of spies being spied upon, of the insecurity that grips everyone. After The Godfather, Coppola returns to rarefied atmospheres and makes a perfect, gloomy film.
Francis Ford Coppola
Francis Ford Coppola (Detroit, MI, USA, 1939) after specializing in direction at the UCLA, he debuted in 1963 with Dementia 13, before directing movies like The Godfather, The Conversation, The Godfather - Part II, winner of six Oscars (for best movie and best director) and Apocalypse Now, winner of the Golden Palm in Cannes 1979. During the 1980s he made various films, including Rumble Fish and Cotton Club. In 1992 he received the Golden Lion for lifetime achievement in Venice and during the same year he directed Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Among the last movies directed by him: Youth Without Youth and Tetro, presented at the 2009 Torino Film Festival.
filmografia essenziale/essential filmography
Dementia 13 (Terrore alla tredicesima ora, 1963), You’re a Big Boy Now (Buttati Bernardo!, 1966), The Godfather (Il Padrino, 1972), The Conversation (La conversazione, 1974), The Godfather - Part II (Il Padrino - Parte II, 1974), Apocalypse Now (id., 1979), Rumble Fish (Rusty il selvaggio, 1983), The Cotton Club (Cotton Club, 1984), Gardens of Stone (Giardini di pietra, 1987), The Godfather - Part III (Il padrino - Parte III, 1990), Bram Stoker’s Dracula (Dracula di Bram Stoker, 1992), The Rainmaker (L’uomo della pioggia, 1997), Youth Without Youth (Un’altra giovinezza, 2007), Tetro (Segreti di famiglia, 2009), Twixt (2011).
Francis Ford Coppola
Bill Butler, Haskell Wexler
interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters
Gene Hackman (Harry Caul), John Cazale (Stan), Allen Garfield (Bernie Moran), Frederic Forrest (Mark), Cindy Williams (Ann), Teri Garr (Amy), Harrison Ford (Martin Stett), Robert Duvall (il direttore/director)
The Coppola Company, American Zoetrope, Paramount Pictures