Cinema: Sounds of Silence

THE CONVERSATION Directed and Written by FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA

Harry Caul, an electronic eavesdropper, for once lets someone listen to him. In the confessional he says to the priest, "Forgive me, Father, for I have sinned. I have taken newspapers from their racks without paying. I've deliberately taken pleasure in impure thoughts." Then, in a great, garbled rush of feeling, he admits that he is involved in "some work"—work that may bring harm to a couple of young people. He does not wait for the priest to absolve him, however. He just mutters that he will be "in no way...

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