AMERICAN GRAFFITI
1973, Universal, 110 min, USA, Dir: George Lucas

In the middle of the Vietnam- and Nixon-obsessed days of the early 1970s, director George Lucas and producer Francis Ford Coppola switched gears radically with this tender, nostalgic look at drive-ins, drag races and the death of doo-wop in a Northern California town in 1962. Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul LeMat, Charles Martin Smith, Cindy Williams, Candy Clark, Mackenzie Phillips and Harrison Ford head a cast of almost complete newcomers, in one of the most purely personal (and phenomenally successful) films of the New Hollywood era.


THE CONVERSATION
1974, American Zoetrope, 113 min, USA, Dir: Francis Ford Coppola

Sandwiched between THE GODFATHER and GODFATHER II, THE CONVERSATION is Coppola at his very best - a sinister, unstoppable portrait of moral (and physical) violence and the sheer paranoia of living in the modern world. Gene Hackman is tremendous as fly-on-the-wall surveillance expert Harry Caul, drawn into a murderous whirlpool when he’s hired to bug lovers Frederic Forrest and Cindy Williams. Co-starring John Cazale, Allen Garfield, Teri Garr and Harrison Ford.


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