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"Now, in those phone conversations, the reporters are talking to disembodied voices. It would possibly be more visual to show who they're talking to, but my feeling is that forcing the audience to be on just their side gives us a greater sense of being with them, of showing what the experience was like, of feeling the frustration and difficulty of dealing with someone who wants to hang up on you."
--Director Alan J. Pakula, American Film, October 1975