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BONNIE AND CLYDE (1967)
Arthur Penn directed young rising stars Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway in this stylish and memorable retelling of the infamous depression-era bank robbers Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. Standard-setting for violence and sexuality in its day, Bonnie and Clyde was criticized for its glamorization of crime, but beneath its flash and atmospherics the viewer will find solid acting and compelling story-telling.
Ten Oscar nominations; two wins (Best Supporting Actress and Cinematography).
BONNIE AND CLYDE was nominated for the Best Picture award.
Director Arthur Penn's, "Bonnie and Clyde," is a powerful, unforgettable look at the criminally exciting life and tragic fate of a criminal couple.
The basic story, details the life and times of
two 1930's murderous, bank robbing criminals, Bonnie Parker (Faye
Dunaway) and Clyde Barrow (Warren Beatty), who terrorized small,
Midwest towns, falling in love along the way. This out of control,
self-absorbed couple, with the arrogance of youth, have a blast
on their crime spree, stealing, killing, running, playing hard
and loving each other, oblivious to the reality of the possibility
that they may die, living this risky lifestyle. Though it was
fun at first, their string of robberies carries them towards their
end, as law enforcement slowly closes in.
Beatty and Dunaway make a mighty attractive pair
of criminals, each offering a fine portrayal of their characters.
The romantic/sexual nature deliberately adds to the charm and
mystique of their on screen relationship. This film elevated Beatty's
status and made Dunaway a star.