Bonnie and Clyde: Sinister Comedy

         This movie, Bonnie and Clyde, directed in 1967 by Arthur Penn, I personally felt was a great film. I do not know if it was one of the monumental movies that opened the medium up into the sexy violent thing movies have become in recent years or not; that seems like a huge thing to hang on just one movie. I feel that there are actually probably several movies that did this. Trying to pin such a thing down to the one film that was the initial example of this phenomena is like trying to decide, which came first chicken or the egg.

         I loved the comedy element of Bonnie and Clyde that was mixed into the dark and sinister tone. The editor and director seemed to do such a great job that I wonder why no one now tries to emulate their style. The movie would not have had the timeless effect if not for the humor in the film. The true story of Bonnie and Clyde frankly is not all that romantic or glamorous. Many times films that are made of true life people or events are cinematized and or fictionalized to be more interesting or exciting for the silver screen. This has apparently been the case for as long as film has been an entertainment medium.

         The actors[, especially Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, that portrayed these characters all seemed to have really great careers even the supporting ones. It is always interesting and so neat to see a movie and look at such young versions of some actors I later saw a lot on the small screen T.V. These actors many of which have had very long fruitful career though not always famous stars play a huge part into the humorous element of the storytelling. This story is basically the idealized great depression version of Robin Hood, with a twist. The actors and actresses portrayal of these notorious felons and the events and people their lives touched is what in many cases added the aforesaid humor into this historical biography.

Alice Bradshaw

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