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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.
I was finally able to get back to my list! Last night I continued working on my American Film Institute Top 100 Films with #42 - Bonnie & Clyde, the 1967 version starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway. Having just recently watched the TV movie Bonnie and Clyde: Dead and Alive, I was excited to see the earlier version of this incredible real life American crime story.
The movie begins with how Bonnie Parker (Dunaway) met Clyde Barrow (Beatty) while he was trying to steal her mother's car. Bored with her life as a waitress, she decides to join Clyde to make a new life that will make them rich. They start out small with simple hold ups, but once they…
A somewhat romanticized account of the career of the notoriously violent bank robbing couple and their gang. - IMDB
To be completely honest, I was really expecting more from this motion picture. There's nothing wrong with it at all, I was just wanting more out of it than I got.
I'd always heard about the story of Bonnie & Clyde, but I never knew the ins and outs of it. Quite an interesting story and enticed me to look further into it a little.
Still worthy of a watch, but that's probably all about it.
Beatty and Dunaway captured something singular, imitated for decades, probably never again replicated. It's fast, but never unclear. It's perverse, but never vulgar. It's not perfect, but it's awfully close.
I had a good time with this movie. It was part western, part heist. Some of the characters made a couple of bizarre choices that appeared out of left field, but as a whole, the main character, Bonnie, was always likable and relatable. The action was dark and morally ambiguous.
I absolutely LOVED this film. It was exciting, funny, and a fascinating story. I couldn't believe the action sequences and how abruptly it started and ended. Definitely recommend it and now I want to find out more about the real Bonnie and Clyde the film is based on!
Fine and all, but didn't really hold my interest over its extended running time. Wilder's interlude is funny-ish? Meh?
Still a great film to watch.
I showed this to the Understanding Movies class I teach as an example of "New Hollywood."
Bonnie and Clyde. 1967. Arthur Penn. Starring Faye Dunaway, Warren Beatty, Gene Hackman, Micheal J. Pollard, and Estelle Parsons. Winner of an Academy award for Best Supporting Actress, Estelle Parsons. True Crime, Drama. This film is rated R.
This film is a rendition of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow's true criminal life, during the time they were considered to be America's most infamous bank robbers. The film portrays a love affair between Bonnie and Clyde, and Clyde's gang as a family. The criminals are in light of the hero role in a story, as the law and the public being the conflicting force. The film documents Bonnie and Clyde's criminal acts from when they meet, and ultimately ending with their…
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