Violence in a New Hollywood

        The 1967 film Bonnie and Clyde, directed by Arthur Penn, helped to change the way films were made. It was very different from the films of previous generations, as well as films of the same time period. It is considered one of the finest films of its day, and was selected to the National Film Registry of the United States. It affected movies in that it broke previous taboos, it was popular with a younger audience, and it ushered in the "New Hollywood" era.

        The film broke many previous film taboos. The film was very violent and almost glorifies violence by making it comical in certain parts. The ending, where Bonnie and Clyde are shot multiple times, is most likely one of the first times in American movie history that two main characters are killed in so grizzly a manner on screen. Also, Bonnie's role serves to break some taboos. She is violent, she takes control, and she is a sexual person, unlike Clyde originally. Women at that point in film and TV were not much allowed to do such things, due to American entertainment being very conservative.

        This film had a great popularity amongst a younger audience, as it was funny, had interesting characters and events, and was very violent. It was also very controversial, which always attracts a younger audience. Faye Dunaway was gorgeous, and Warren Beatty was also very handsome, so it is no wonder why young people would like this film.

        This film and The Graduate, directed in 1967 by Mike Nichols, are the two films that are considered to have ushered in the "New Hollywood" era, in which a new generation of young film makers came to Hollywood and changed the way films were made. Films were made and marketed differently, and also different types of films were made in terms of story and characters.

Dustin Howard

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