Francis Ford Coppola's The Conversation (1974) is one of his most dazzling films, centering on San Francisco-based wiretapper Harry Caul (Gene Hackman), whose interest in the ambiguous contents of one of his tapes sows the seeds of his self-destruction. The film and Coppola's direction were Oscar-nominated that year, as was the richly inventive sound design, by Walter Murch and Art Rochester. Given how cinematic the movie is, a stage version sounds unlikely, but leave it to scrappy Chicago ...

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