Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

Warner Bros.-Seven Arts
Directed by Arthur Penn
My rating: 3.5 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia
(Blu-ray, Warner Bros.)

Small time car thief Warren Beatty hooks up with bored Texas waitress Faye Dunaway. He tries to impress her by robbing banks, starting a crime spree that brings them national attention from the press, and the police. Other members of their "gang" include a gas station attendant they talk into joining them, as well as his brother Gene Hackman and Hackman's wife. They travel from town to town, barely making any money, until they kill a few police officers. They briefly kidnap one Texas trooper and humiliate him in a photograph which the newspapers publish. The trooper vows to track them down and kill them, leading to the violent conclusion. Hugely influential film heralded the arrival of the "American New Wave", where directors and screenwriters, not the studios, took creative control. However, it has lost some of its edge of the years. The comic relief is unnecessary, and Beatty and Dunaway's self-conscious performances are occasionally forced. Still, it is undeniably entertaining, just not the masterpiece so often touted.

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