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A 'Conversation' starter
The TCM Classic Film Festival honors Coppola at 10:30 a.m. today with a handprint and footprint ceremony in the historic forecourt of the TCL Chinese Theatre (a.k.a. Grauman’s Chinese) in Hollywood. Coppola will sit for an interview at 2:15 p.m. in the theater. That will be followed by a screening of his 1974 psychological thriller, “The Conversation,” starring Gene Hackman.
Less frequently talked about now than Coppola’s other ’70s films, “The Conversation” did not go without acclaim. It won the Palme d’Or at Cannes, the National Board of Review awarded it best picture, director and actor, and the film received Academy Award nominations for best picture (losing to “Godfather II”), original screenplay and for Walter Murch and Art Rochester’s sound.
John Singleton to talk 'Boyz' and more
Let the tributes begin
Finally, at the TCM Festival, our attention turns to tributes. Attention must be paid, as it were, and the lineup is an eclectic one with some potentially fascinating subjects taking the stage for extended conversations.
'Monkey Business' turns 85
By 1931, Paramount released their third feature, “Monkey Business,” and Times critic John L. Scott was an unabashed fan in a review published Sept. 21 of that year: