I am subscribed to Netflix and while looking for a crime movie, I decided to watch again the classic film Bonnie and Clyde.
It is a 1967 American film that depicts the criminal life of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow portrayed by Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty respectively. The film also stars Gene Hackman, Estelle Parsons, and Gene Wilder among others in supporting roles.
It is considered a landmark film for many reasons:
(1) An award-winning film that ushered the New Hollywood era
It won Best Supporting Actress for Estelle Parsons and Best Cinematography. It was also nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor for Warren Beatty, Best Actress for Faye Dunaway, and 4 more nominations in other categories.
(2) The taboo on sex and violence broke down
The film had put sex and violence in a new level which paved the way for other films to be more open and experimental on the topic and its depiction. Critics said that the film glamorized criminals that’s why it became controversial and unprecedented during that time.
(3) The iconic ending is one of the bloodiest death scenes in the history of cinema
It made the biographical crime film true to life in its depiction of the famous couple’s death. Even the poem of Bonnie Parker which was read aloud by Faye Dunaway during the film, was indeed real. Although the film showed the poem as published on a newspaper, in real life, it was published posthumously by Bonnie’s mother.
(4) The film was selected for preservation in the US National Film Registry
This made the film available throughout history for other generations to watch. Film students will be watching this during their study because of its historical impact in film and society.
The first time I saw this film was in the late 80’s when Sunday TV fare was late night classic movies. The part that struck me most was Bonnie’s poetry. It somehow became a premonition or foreshadowing of the bloody ending to come. Of course, I didn’t expect that kind of ending but yeah, it was bloody.