In the early 1930’s, in Texas, a bored waitress named Bonnie Parker partners with the brash Clyde Barrow to stage a series of very amateur holdups that gives them more thrills than money. Soon they add the dimwitted garage mechanic C. W. Moss to their team as a getaway driver. Finally, they complete the team by adding Clyde’s brother Buck, recently released from prison, and his wife, Blanche, a whining preacher’s daughter. The Barrow team raises the stakes by now robbing banks and committing murder, as they gain notoriety and become subjects of a massive statewide manhunt.
The team hides out in a rented apartment in Joplin, Missouri, and when cornered make their first daring escape from the law. Pleased with their growing legendary status with the public, they become more bold and given to openly bragging about their crimes. At one point they even force a kidnapped Texas Ranger to pose in a photo with them. —Ozu’s World of Movie Reviews
Once the vanguard of 1960s-1970s Hollywood New Wave, director Arthur Penn saw his cinematic fortunes decline with the mid-‘70s rise of more straightforward blockbuster entertainment. Even as he struggled through the ’80s and ’90s, however, Penn’s legacy was assured by such films as Little Big Man (1970), Night Moves (1975), and the pivotal masterwork Bonnie and Clyde (1967).
Born in Philadelphia, Penn was trained to follow in his father’s footsteps as a watchmaker, but by high school, he knew he preferred theater. While stationed at Fort Jackson, SC, during World War II, Penn formed a small drama circle with his fellow infantrymen, and continued his education as an actor at school in North Carolina and Italy after the war. Though Penn acted in Joshua Logan’s theater company and studied with Michael Chekhov at the Actors Studio’s Los Angeles branch, he opted for a career behind the scenes when he got a job at NBC TV in 1951. By 1953, Penn was writing and… read more
Some scenes and dialogues are a little cheesy and I think the romance between Bonnie and Clyde could had been better developed but it was a nice experience: the whole Barrow gang is really memorable, the two protagonists share a great chemistry together and I liked the tone: How starts like a fun trip between gangsters and in the last third becomes a violent and tragic fight for survival. Extremely graphic for 1967.
I love the first scene of the naked meeting as much as the finale violent and intense one. And Faye Dunaway is gorgeous.
Also: Charlie Kaufman’s writing a novel and Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner’s making a movie.
For this year’s incarnation of the Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow, someone had the excellent idea of commissioning the artist formerly
"Arthur Penn, the stage, television and motion picture director whose revolutionary treatment of sex and violence in the 1967 film Bonnie
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Mas que una mera y vulgar película como cualquier otra, “Bonnie & Clyde” se convirtió con el paso del tiempo en un auténtico paradigma cinematográfico, debido a un sinfin de elementos, actualmente… read review
This movie, more than any, probably kick started the great American renaissance of film post the French new wave. It’s fitting that the two young writers Robert Benton and David Newman first took the… read review