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Murder scandals and the frightening world of surveillance all intertwine to form Francis Ford Coppolas thriller The Conversation The viewer engulfed in a restricted narration explores the mystery Harry Caul the protagonist has caught himself in A narration that begins objective with spurts of subjectivity is enhanced by the peculiar character traits of Harry A plot that slowly unravels with surprising turns and leaves the viewer dangling at the end explores the dangers and horrors of surveillance Exploring the complex character of Harry Caul is key to understanding the movie At the beginning we hear him say he doesnt care about what the subjects hes surveying are saying just as long as he gets a fat recording Arriving home from the job we find his door loaded with locks and upon entering an alarm goes off On the floor is a birthday gift Harry then calls the manager of the apartments and wants to know how the manager entered his home Instantly in the first ten minutes of the film we are shown how secretive Mr Caul is He even is surprised that someone knows its his birthday A birthday is something that almost every normal person wants shared and know This fact emphasizes how he is a loner even more His secrecy is even greater emphasized when he travels to see his girlfriend Eve When he arrives Harry mentions its his birthday and she didnt even know This fact triggers Eves curiosity even more and she tries to find out more about him Harry wont tell her where he works or where he even lives He becomes upset with these questions and tells her to stop Someone becoming nervous about these simplest of questions shows incredible insecurity and paranoia This side of him is strange as it completely contrasts and is hypocritical with his treatment of other people Harry dives into other peoples lives its his instinct to survey Upon entering Eves apartment he
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