Film Analysis #2

The legendary “Bonnie and Clyde” 1967 film was shot and directed by Arthur Penn. This film was reminiscent of an actual duo of outlaws, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow during the great depression. The films adaption had some disputes with those who were depicted and even encouraged lawsuits against the movie, defamation of character being the prime reason. Though there was some negative feedback from audience members, this film was the beginning of the New Age Era of Hollywood.

This film mostly captures its audience with wit and romance, Penn’s primary objective in the film. Penn shows Bonnie and Clyde as lovers who are hesitant in their own respects and are brought together by a series of adventurous robberies. Bonnie Parker, a girl from a small town is woo’d by Clyde Barrow a recently released prisoner from the state penitentiary. With clashing personalities the story is shaped and unravels into a magnificent film. While Bonnie entices Clyde to commit crimes in order to impress her, Clyde sends Bonnie into flurries of heated unrest as she longs to have him as her own. Penn wastes no time with this fast paced film instantly sparking the epic romance and bloody trail of crimes.

By the time the movie progresses to 6:10 a clip which shapes and orients the entire film begins. A close up of Clyde Barrow gulping down a Cola with a match stick in his mouth while Bonnie tentatively looks on while she sips her drink. Leaning against polls 3 feet away from each other Bonnie continues to tease Clyde about his story of being in the state penitentiary and armored robbery. The close up of her face shows intrigue in her eye while a non chalant vocal while Clyde tries to decide what to tell her next staring off into the distance. Clyde states, armored robbery ain’t like nothing which leads to a medium shot of the two. Bonnie further presses Clyde believing he had never done such an act until he slips out a revolver from inside his jacket pocket. A close up of Bonnies face as she then sees the gun, then the camera focuses on the gun and the way Bonnie strokes and admires it. A sense of danger enthralls Bonnie to go farther to say he wouldn’t use it. Bonnie has set the stage for the first robbery in the movie when Clyde tells her to stay and keep a look out.

A final medium shot of the two in a relaxed state then a progression of a long shot as Clyde walks across the shot to a row of buildings. A low camera shot shows Bonnie gazing into ‘Ritts groceries’ from behind sends the audiences heart racing.Clyde walks slowly backwards out of the store, waving one hand filled with money, the other holding a cocked gun. Clyde glimpses back to Bonnie as he jumps down from the elevation and they both turn to run. A long shot of Clyde firing a warning shot to pursuers leads the a medium shot of the two heading to a car. Bonnie sliding in as Clyde hot wires the car to escape from their first crime. Bonnie then asks for his name and the introduction to the love-crime story begins.

Arthur Penn created the atmosphere that the crimes were only a means to an end for the couple to come together by the end of the story. Each new robbery brought them close up until the end in which they were gunned down. Warren Beatty who plays Clyde Barrow in this film shows his emotions vaguely, unable to fully express his feelings physically leading Faye Dunaway who plays Bonnie Parker to fall madly in love with him and leads her to want what she can’t have.

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