Though his filmography consists of more than 25 films throughout a 40-year career, Francis Ford Coppola’s acclaim as a director is most often attributed to his involvement with The Godfather films. This positive affiliation has served him well throughout the lows of his career (of which there have been a few), but it has also served to diminish the impact of some of his more important work. In 1974 particularly, Coppola’s Godfather success cost him a particularly high price. This was the year that The Conversation, a film that Coppola both wrote and directed, went largely unseen because of the coinciding release of The Godfather Part II. Though both films garnered Oscar nominations for Coppola, The Godfather’s triumph caused The Conversation to fade into a state of underappreciation.
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