Three Important Movies in Cinematic History

         Bonnie and Clyde, King Kong, and High Noon were important movies in cinematic history.

         Bonnie and Clyde, directed in 1967 by Arthur Penn, was the first of its kind that touched issues such as killing a police officer or how to rob a bank properly and other “taboo” topics. This film took major steps in heightening “what is acceptable” theory in cinema. I mean when Clyde robbed that one bank near the beginning of the movie in the town square and one of the many copes hung onto their car and Clyde shot him, that is graphic, shocking stuff. Law Enforcement departments all across the country had to be scared and outraged when this film came out for not only this cop shooting but because of the many bank heists Bonnie (Fay Dunaway), Clyde (Warren Beatty), Clyde’s brother (Gene Hackman), and C. W. Moss (Michael J. Pollard) did. Some people probably had never even thought about robbing a bank, let alone knowing how to rob one. However, after this movie, millions unfortunately learned how to. Even the sexual scenes between Bonnie and Clyde had to be new and raw to movie audiences. Some of the scenes had the potential to be quite raunchy.

         Other than the shocking and “taboo” parts of this movie that were new to cinema, the move started the careers of many actors and actresses. For example, Warren Beatty was only in his upper twenties when he stared in Bonnie and Clyde. Faye Dunaway was a budding actress who found stardom with her acting ability and her sheer beauty through this film. Gene Hackman was a “no-name” in the acting business until this movie. However, he did not get another movie until 1971 with The French Connection, directed by William Friedkin. This movie furthermore leads to his greatness today. Finally Gene Wilder as a mortician brought his acting skills to the forefront in this film.

         Let us not forget: Bonnie and Clyde is one of the best movies of all time, even with all the blood and guts, and shocking cinematic lines it broke. The movie had great acting, great camera angles, great action, great charm and just overall appeal and adoration.

         King Kong, directed in 1933 by directed by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack is another film that was very important to the history of cinema. It had many remakes, so obviously many, many directors and producers felt like this was one of the tales in cinema history. This was the first movie that used “claymationesque” effects and stop-motion photography and just overall special effects. Just the idea of getting a giant ape to barrel around, stalking pedestrians and climbing skyscrapers and buildings, as well as the mind-boggling spectacle of an ape and a woman, Ann Darrow (Fay Wray) and visa versa, falling in love!

         Another movie I liked that was important as well in cinema was the Western, High Noon, directed in 1950 by Fred Zinnemann. Even though it was not as spectacular and momentous of a movie (in my eyes) to Bonnie and Clyde and King Kong it still gave life to cinema as a whole. It made Western movies more appealing and popular with movie audiences all over. The idea and creativity of a town marshal, Will Kane (Gary Cooper) being stalked by some low-life criminal would seem to me as historical and “nouveau.”

         All of these great movies--Bonnie and Clyde, King Kong, and High Noon--are in their own night special and great, as well as leaders in cinematic longevity. Without these films, cinema definitely would not be what it is today.

Taylor Johnson

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