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Bonnie and Clyde is based on the true stories of the gangster pair Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow who in the 1930s began robbing banks in U.S. cities until they were eventually killed. The film is a major landmark in the aesthetic movement known as the New Hollywood.
Based on the true stories surrounding the famous gangster pair, Bonnie and Clyde tells the story of a young couple who began robbing little stores and eventually banks during the times of the Great Depression, with the help of C.W. Moss and Clyde's brother Buck and his wife Blanche, forming the 'mediatic' Barrow Gang.
Taking into account that Arthur Penn's story keeps a very regular tone and hardly progresses until the powerful finale - 'all we see' is a couple (and their gang) robbing banks during a couple of hours in order to escape from their boring lives - what makes his film so special and so remarkable? Historical importance aside, Bonnie and Clyde is a very charming and incomparably…
Bonnie and Clyde is a red-blooded masterwork. It is the epitome of high-class American cinema, where excess is fine art and absurdity is brilliant poetry. A high-octane attack on high-brow posturing, Bonnie and Clyde is a genuine work of art. It has served as the demented template for all future lovers on the lam stories. It is outrageously pleasurable and super violent, with an inspired sense of gory extravagance depicted in a lovingly unapologetic bias. Bonnie and Clyde is perfect filmmaking at its most meaningful and merry.
Bonnie and Clyde is a hypersexual treatise on young love and juvenile fantasy. It is wild, dangerous, and horny. Bonnie and Clyde is also a disturbed film with an emphasis on repressed and…
They say pictures don't lie, but the truth is they can lie as bad as anybody, including Clyde Barrow, who seduces Bonnie Parker with the promise of an exciting life full of sex, wealth, and danger (I guess 1 out of 3 ain't bad). That theme of unfulfilled promise runs deep - take a look at the hilarious sequence with Gene Wilder's Eugene and his girlfriend temporarily taking up with the gang, and the way it ends on a grim anti-punchline that only Bonnie, cursed by foresight, really understands.
The movie's commercial and generic promises ultimately DO get filled, though, with plenty of violent shootouts and chases, including the final one that gives the audience more than they could ever…
"They didn't start chasing us until you put on that getaway music!"
Wow. What a perfect opening sequence. Faye Dunaway sells her character in the first three minutes before even uttering a single line of dialogue.
Actually, the times when this film is at its strongest are the times when nobody says anything. The awkward love making sequence. ("I told you I'm not a lover boy.") C.W. at the wheel, the pair of injured lovers sleeping in the back seat. Mostly, Bonnie's quiet moments of discomfort and seething anger. She is the most interesting character in the film. Dare I say it, the film is more about Bonnie than it is about Bonnie and Clyde.
So many interesting characters walk in and out. At its peak, the Barrow Gang is seven people…
Pales by comparison to They Live by Night and Gun Crazy...but is still pretty terrific, which just goes to show how durable the criminal-lovers genre is. Its greatest achievement, perhaps, is that it rarely plays like a biopic, coursing with the brash energy of pulp fiction (not Pulp Fiction); Beatty and Dunaway both give heightened, self-consciously iconic performances that seem little indebted to the real-life Barrow and Parker, often behaving very much as if they know that they're being filmed (without doing anything stupid like actually breaking the fourth wall, thankfully). And the movie is full of weird little grace notes I'd forgotten from my sole previous viewing half a lifetime ago, like C.W.'s dad being angrier about his…
IMDb Ratings: 7.9
Why: Biography of Bonnie & Clyde
Should: give it a try
My Ratings: 8 - #Great
Tagline: A brilliantly made, groundbreaking film that chronicles the short lives of America's most infamous criminals.
Although this film may play fast and loose with the facts, it nevertheless rises to the level of art. The cast, which includes Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, Gene Hackman, Michael J. Pollard, and Gene Wilder, is uniformly superb. The Depression-era milieu is wonderfully recreated through the use of bluegrass music and authentic-looking supporting actors. The rage that people felt against the government in a time when banks were closing and people were losing their property is palpable, making it clear why a couple like Bonnie and Clyde might become heroes to the average man.
This movie was the tits. The main cast were all nominated for Oscars, which may be a game to all of you, but it is a real testament to the quality of the script, direction and casting. This is a film that was shown in B theaters initially, and I'm glad they petitioned to get it back into theaters, because it is excellent.
People I talk to thought Blanche was annoying, but Estelle Parsons ended up being the only one to win for her performance, and I thought she was great.
Great movie, in a lot of ways... I am tired.
At the start of the film, the editing works constructively when revealing new scenes, starting mainly on Bonnie or Clyde's face: their character dominates everything. But in their wild search, their quest for space, for room to breathe, they become dominated by it and establishing shots begin creeping in to locate the doomed lovers. Now they're surrounded by too much space, too many choices, too much picturesque landscape. To the point that the space takes away from who they are as people. Until the climactic moment as the birds fly and they look at each other and the camera goes back close, close to their faces, to who they are, and the love they share.
what an experience
I've been meaning to watch this movie for a long time. It has a great cast list, including the first film appearance of Gene Wilder (!). It got nominated for a bunch of Oscars, and it appears on all kinds of "best of" lists. That being said, the movie just didn't click for me.
I think Bonnie and Clyde is a lot like Easy Rider, in that it's a film very much of its time. The level of violence, sexual subplot, and all around anti-establishment themes were revolutionary in a major Hollywood film of 1967. However, when a film's claim to fame is merely that it was groundbreaking in its day, as years pass all that is left is the actual merit of the acting, directing, script, etc.
With Bonnie and Clyde, what is left is a decent gangster film, but nothing more.
Natural Born Killers, Kalifornia, True Romance, Wild at Heart are just a few movies that may bow down to Bonnie and Clyde. The differences between Bonnie and Clyde and the couples from the other movies are the charm and good humor.
I re-watched Bonnie and Clyde and was surprised at how little I remember of a movie I must have seen 5+ times. I was inspired after finishing to read "Pictures at the Revolution" by Mark Heller an am enjoying reading about the making of this film and the other from that Annus Mirabilis, 1967. Read the book and watch the films.
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