W-100: THE CONVERSATION

conversation11White One Hundred: 100 Great Films Starring Only White People, #13The Conversation — Okay, I’ll admit it…it’s been a long time since I’ve seen some of the movies that I’m including in the White One Hundred, and in some cases I may actually be wrong…there may actually be people of color in the movie. Case in point: Francis Ford Coppola’s brilliant film The Conversation. There may be a person of color somewhere in the movie—perhaps an extra in one of the background scenes. But I really don’t think so. I’m pretty sure this is one of those movies with all white people. And the reason I’m pretty sure of this is very simple…when you are a person of color (or if you prefer, a minority—which I don’t prefer), you tend to get excited when you see a person of color in a movie. It doesn’t even have to be a speaking part—just something that signals you have a place in this imagined reality. Sometimes that excitement wears off, once the person of color is revealed to be a sad caricature or cliché (see my listing of Superman), but for a brief moment, you can’t help but be overcome with a giddy feeling. It’s like spotting a long-lost friend in a room full of strangers. Seriously. If you don’t believe me, ask any non-white person you know. Anyway, even though I love The Conversation, think it is one best films of the 70s, and is my personal favorite film by Coppola (even over the first two Godfather movies), I don’t recall ever getting that excited feeling I get whenever I discover the world I’m watching has a bit of diversity.

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