Saturday, November 23, 2013

Classic Movie Review: Bonnie & Clyde (1967)

Bonnie & Clyde movie posterBonnie & Clyde (1967) – Directed by Arthur Penn; Written by David Newman and Robert Benton; Cinematography by Burnett Guffey; Starring Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, Michael J. Pollard, Gene Hackman, Estelle Parsons, Denver Pyle, Gene Wilder and Dub Taylor.

By Kenny Howell

Maybe the most groundbreaking of all the American films of the late 1960s, Bonnie & Clyde wasn’t very respected in its day (except for Pauline Kael and Roger Ebert), but it is obvious what the impact is now.

It is the American version of the French New Wave, the slap in the face American cinema needed. It is violent, but also human, which makes the violence more horrific. We grow to love Bonnie and Clyde, along with the rest of their gang, as they tear across the heartland robbing banks and breaking the law. But it all ends in a hail of bullets that tear our heroes apart.

Terrific performances by the entire cast, and Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway (Network) solidified themselves as major stars. Gene Hackman (The Conversation) showed the true brilliance he would display the rest of his career.

Rating: ****

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