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Bonnie and Clyde
They’re young...they’re in love...and they kill people.
Bonnie and Clyde is based on the true stories of the gangster pair Bonnie Parker and Clyde Parker who in the 1930’s began robbing banks in all the main US cities until they were eventually killed. The film takes on the aesthetical movement of New Hollywood.
Noir-November Challenge! Movie #31
Based loosely on the real life gangsters Bonnie and Clyde!
Sultry Faye Dunaway lights up the screen with her larger than life rendition of the character Bonnie Parker! Her animal magnetism cannot be contained within the big screen any more than you can keep the dough inside the Pillsbury container once you cracked it and the dough burst through the seam! The intimate close up shots of this vivacious beauty were pure eye candy!
Warren Beatty effervescent rendition of Clyde Barrow was equally amazing! Together they were hands down one of the most charismatic and tragedy bound anti hero couples ever to grace the big screen!
Stellar performances by fellow co-stars Michael J. Pollard, Gene Hackman,…
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…
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…
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…
How can you not have a good time watching such an attractive couple doing such terrible dastardly things? The media attention they receive, on top of it, makes it so damn appealing, with the film recognizing that through the many characters picked up along the way. Combining it's forward sexuality with the unprecedented realism in violence at the time makes for quite the memorable experience.
The film's titular characters, Clyde Barrow (Warren Beatty) and Bonnie Parker (Faye Dunaway), meet when Clyde attempts to steal Bonnie's mother's car. Clyde then persuades her to partner up with him in crime, suggestively having her touch his gun. He offers a lavish lifestyle and a way out of her mundane life working as a…
A defining piece of New Hollywood cinema where thirties, depression-era America is filtered through sixties sensibility. Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway adopt their lead roles expertly and strike a perfect balance between giddy romance and shocking anti-heroics. Through daring innovation, a bold depiction of violence and an iconic finale, Arthur Penn's landmark film changed the face of cinema, inspired a generation of filmmakers and remains powerful today, only three years shy of its fiftieth anniversary.
Nowadays it says more about the 60s than it does about Bonnie and Clyde. However, it's got to be observed remembering the time it was releasing. It changed the scene, and with it, violence in film all together.
The 1967 crime drama/biopic “Bonnie and Clyde” wasn’t the easiest movie to get made. There were numerous squabbles between the film’s producer and star Warren Beatty and Warner Brothers over everything from budget and shooting locations to the size of the film’s release. Once it did hit theaters it faced a new wave of controversies mainly aimed at the films depiction of violence. “Bonnie and Clyde” is said to be one of the first mainstream American films to use graphic violence therefore opening the doors for the waves of cinematic bloodshed that would follow. At the time some critics railed on the film, but it would go on to be a box office hit and it’s now viewed as a true motion picture classic.
Read the full review - keithandthemovies.com/2014/09/15/review-bonnie-and-clyde/
Warren Beatty is just simply the reason to watch this one. How he portrays Clyde Barrow is just epic. There are a few other reasons though, like the beautiful Faye Dunaway as Bonnie, Gene Hackman as Buck Barrow, the way it inspired other films, the story and the ending that blew my mind. Yes the ending is just I didn't expect it like that. Especially not in a 60's movie. I loved every bit of this one and hopefully you will too. It's a film that earned his place in the history of movies.
Ps. THANK YOU, now I won't have to think about that annoying Jay-Z/Beyonce song when I hear the names Bonnie and Clyde. THEY WERE NOT SIMPLY CRUISING ALONG THE HIGHWAY.
Faye Dunaway, man. Incredible.
With about four minutes left in the film, I was pretty underwhelmed. Great ending. Very unlike-able protagonists.
One of the oddest crime films I've ever seen. The gang plays like a mix of city gangster, stereotypical hillbilly, and punk rocker all in one. There are a million little moments that could stick in the mind of an impressionable young viewer. The banker getting shot in the face, Blanche's endless screaming, the crane shot of Clyde chasing Bonnie as a cloud passes over the cornfield. And the ending. God that ending.
A very enjoyable film to watch.
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Bonnie and Clyde is a 1967 American biographical crime film directed by Arthur Penn and starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway as the title characters Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker. The film features Michael J. Pollard, Gene Hackman, and Estelle Parsons, with Denver Pyle, Dub Taylor, Gene Wilder, Evans Evans, and Mabel Cavitt in supporting roles. The screenplay was written by David Newman and Robert Benton.
Bonnie and Clyde were meant for each other. And they clung to each other while they fought back against the elements. These elements were destitution and a government they took for its face value. They were children of a nationwide economic depression .
ok i started the movie and was…
Nothing I can possibly say that hasn't been written about at length before.
But check out Peter Biskind's Easy Riders & Raging Bulls, as well as Mark Harris' Pictures at a Revolution for some great writings on this one.
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