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"Bonnie and Clyde": Forty Years after its Release
A review of the movie "Bonnie and Clyde", directed by Arthur Penn.
# 152862 | 1,060 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2013 | US

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The paper offers a summary of the movie "Bonnie and Clyde" and reveals that it came under strict condemnation for its glorification of thieves and murderers and for its level of violence that was seen as too realistic and astounding. The paper looks at some of the themes tackled in the movie that were a younger generation's search for meaning, economic inequality, celebrity making, violence, gender roles, student protests, the assassination of president John Kennedy and an explosion of violence in the mid sixties.
The paper notes that this is a great and important film even forty years after its release and it has been called the "first American film" that influenced works of acclaimed directors like Terrence Malik, Martin Scorsese, Sam Peckinpah and Quentin Tarantino.

From the Paper:

"Vanneman wrote that Bonnie and Clyde, unlike in previous Hollywood movies, lacked revelations or explanations. This enabled the characters to be viewed as the people that they were. Warren Beatty made sure that Bonnie and Clyde had the unmistakable panache of Hollywood stars while at the same time being presented as criminals. No effort was made to either explain or excuse their behavior as they did not express their regret for their crimes (Vanneman). The movie opens with Bonnie, played by Faye Dunaway, restlessly peering out of her window and catching Clyde, played by Warren Beatty, attempting to steal her mother's car. Bonnie falls for the excitement that Clyde represents as her life is seemingly boring. She then taunts Clyde who is insecure, into robbing the store across the street. Bonnie, in no time, joins Clyde as more than an inquisitive onlooker and from the first robbery, they become an inseparable couple and on the run (Koban).The film is driven by Bonnie's quest for adventure and Clyde's masculine overcompensation which leads them into an initially fun-filled and adventurous life of petty larceny. The duo's early efforts at bank robbing are rather humorous with the first bank they go to has no money. This, however, does not derail them from their appetite for more robbing."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Koban, Craig J. Rev. of Bonnie and Clyde: 25th Anniversary Retrospective Review. 23 Mar.1967. 5 Oct. 2010.<http://www.craigerscinemacorner.com/Reviews/bonnie_and_clyde.htm>
  • Vanneman, Alan. "Bonnie and Clyde, Together Again: Warren Beatty's Seminal Sixties Shoot-'em-up Revisited" Bright Lights Film Journal 43.1(2004). 6. Feb. 2004. 5 Oct. 2010. <http://www.brightlightsfilm.com/43/bonnie.php>
  • Poague, Leland. Bonnie and Clyde: Film (Movie) Plot and Review. 17 Jun. 1972. 5 Oct.2010. <http://www.filmreference.com/Films-Bo-Ca/Bonnie-and-Clyde.html>

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"Bonnie and Clyde": Forty Years after its Release (2013, April 30) Retrieved March 31, 2023, from https://www.academon.com/film-review/bonnie-and-clyde-forty-years-after-its-release-152862/

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