Monday, September 27, 2010

Bonnie and Clyde

Like I've said before, 1967 was a landmark year for movies. The type of genres ranged from romantic comedies (The Graduate) to social dramas (Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, In the Heat of the Night) to crime (Bonnie and Clyde, In Cold Blood).

The second Bonnie Parker (Faye Dunaway) and Clyde Barrow (Warren Beatty) met, it was a bomb just waiting to go off. In just a few years, they would become the most notorious outlaws of the 1930's. They are joined by C.W. Moss (Michael J. Pollard), Clyde's brother Buck (Gene Hackman) and Buck's wife Blanche (Estelle Parsons), and they become "the Barrow gang".

The performances from Beatty, Dunaway, Hackman, Pollard and Parsons are excellent (even though I found Parsons annoying). The infamous "ballet of blood" at the end is gruesome yet poetic, violent yet beautiful. Arthur Penn's direction is vivid and expressive. One of the best movies of the 1960's.

My Rating: *****

1 comment:

  1. This film evoked contoversial feelings in me. Can't explain why... probably, have to re-watch it.


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