A Revolution for Film
By: Gracie Murray
“Game-changer”. “Pace-setter”. “Ground breaking”. These are just a few of the terms that could describe the new film Bonnie and Clyde, starring Fay Dunaway and Warren Beatty. The new film has an exhilarating new formula that is scandalous and mysterious.
Beatty plays a con out on parole and is just looking for trouble to get into. What does every Casanova need? A beautiful side kick on their arm. Faye Dunaway does just that. Starring as a whimsical, young, innocent young lady who has never been more than a mile away from home, seeks adventure in Clyde Barrow. This dynamic duo is notorious for robbing banks and making the newspapers. Bonnie Parker would even send in poetry and photos taken on Barrow’s Kodak to make the news.
This film implements a new style, with a heavy influence from European film culture. Director Arthur Penn, masterfully has set the tone for American film for years to come. Beatty was not only the lead role in the film but also the producer. With Beatty having just spent some time in Europe, we can see where this influence came from. With a little bit of just about everything, Bonnie and Clyde have captured the new hearts of America.
Not all will be fans of this new scandalous, action packed picture, but there truly is something for everyone. Whether they be a romantic, who would love the dynamic between Parker and Barrow. Or they like a sense of comic relief with the character’s witty banter. This film makes people feel the effects of death and there is more gore than most audiences have seen.
When all is said and done and the Barrow gang is no more, the movie is entertaining for all. The role of Buck Barrow’s wife could have been casted different or made less of an impact on the film. In my opinion, Blanche Barrow, played by Estelle Parsons2 was obnoxious and an unnecessary role in this picture.