50 Years Of Rewinding And Playing Back ‘The Conversation’

Kevin Gosztola
The Wide Shot
Published in
7 min readApr 6, 2024

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Screen shot from “The Conversation” (1974) | Fair use as it is included for the purpose of commentary and criticism.

At the end of “The Conversation,” surveillance technician Harry Caul has ripped apart the walls and floorboards of his apartment. He is unable to find the bug that was supposedly planted to spy on him.

The skill of invading others’ privacy undetected, which Harry had mastered and turned into a career, has now destroyed Harry. All he can do is wail on his tenor…

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Kevin Gosztola
The Wide Shot

Journalist, film/video college graduate, and movie fan. Previously published by Fanfare and Counter Arts. https://letterboxd.com/kgosztola/