Bonnie and Clyde (Arthur Penn, 1967)

What a movie!  What a piece of entertainment, and what a place-holder in the history of movies at that.  Able to switch between comic romp and serious, violent blood-fest at the flip of a switch, the music, the shoot-outs, the abundance of implied sexuality (one of the best uses of a gun as a phallic symbol you’ll see 😉 ), the perfect capturing of the feel of The Depression (like that wonderfully poignant moment when Bonnie and Clyde and the farmer are shooting up the house that he just lost to the bank), and the most underrated part of the movie, the outstanding dialogue.  Doesn’t hurt either that Bonnie and Clyde are two of the most memorable movie characters conceivable.  So what if they’re borderline-cartoony, over-the-top, and not true to the real-life pair.  I don’t give a fuck.  This whole movie is over-the-top, and meant to be that way.  These two just ooze so much pride and arrogance and the feeling of invincibility that it’s not a question of if they’ll be caught, but when, and how bad they’ll get it.  It’s hubris defined.  This is the stuff almost straight out of a Greek tragedy or Shakespeare.  Gah, I love this movie!

10/10

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