Wanita Wednesdays: “Bonnie and Clyde”

From special guest writer Wanita.

After taking an introductory film class, Wanita wished to contribute a little of what she learned. Therefore, every Wednesday until the end of January, Wanita will be talking about a specific aspect of filmmaking or a film she enjoyed, i.e. Wanita Wednesdays! This week: a review of “Bonnie and Clyde”.

bonnie and clyde poster

After seeing “Bonnie and Clyde”, I can understand why critics did not like the movie in the first place. I didn’t enjoy the movie, I just didn’t find it interesting too. However, maybe if I saw it a second time I might change my mind. The story of two people on the run because they kill for money and fun didn’t appeal to me. It wasn’t like it was a “Robin Hood” story, where they gave what they made to the poor, we didn’t see any of that. With a story like that you can feel for the characters, and you wouldn’t want to get caught. Even though they were caught, the way they were caught was harsh. The last scene was graphic, and the way it was shot did have a huge impact. You saw both Bonnie and Clyde being shot, falling to their death in slow motion.

Even though the movie was graphic, it was also funny at times, which kept it somewhat interesting. It was a break from all the violence. I also had noticed that the beginning of the movie had somewhat of a symbolic meaning to the movie. Between the credits were snapshots of what I guess were Bonnie and Clyde as children, the snapshots sound can be seen as gunshots, which they both become accustomed to as adults. I also noticed the mise-en-scène at the beginning of the movie, when Bonnie flopped on her bed which had an iron bar foot board. The iron bars made her looked trapped in the small house, like a prison. She looked somewhat depressed ad felt the need to leave. Then Clyde comes around, who was just released from prison, and gives her the opportunity to leave her own version of it.
LAST DETAILS: “Bonnie and Clyde” (1967) directed by Arthur Penn, written by David Newman, Robert Benton and Robert Towne, starring Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway and Gene Hackman.

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