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Bonnie and Clyde- Film Analysis

I just had to do a film analysis on Bonnie and Clyde because after watching it it fully in class the other day, I have such a greater appreciation for this film. I’ve see only bits and pieces of this film and that includes this infamous ending, but after watching this film in its entirety it had everything I wanted in a film. The chemistry between Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty was undeniable, the action was great, and this film just hit all the right spots.

Bonnie and Clyde is a 1967 film directed by Arthur Penn and based on the true exploits of notorious robbers Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. One of the first films of the New Hollywood Era, it broke many taboos, with its portrayal of sexual innuendo and bloody violence, this film became very popular among the younger generation. I personally loved this film because it was fast paced, the actors were phenomenal in each of their roles, and the taboos that were broken made this film even more intriguing. It made me want to know what other “rules” were broken to make this film. The actors brought so much personality in their characters. The characters were bad people but their qualities made me identify them as human beings instead of cold hearted killers.

That one scene that made me connect with the characters was when they stealing a car from Eugene Grizzard, played my Gene Wilder. It was just a normal, lazy like day and Grizzard was with his girlfriend Velma Davis (Evans Evans). The scene was comical although the crime wasn’t.  Grizzard and Velma were getting intimate on the porch as the C.W. was stealing the car. Using long shot, the camera focused on the couple but also on the theft in progress in the background. Although Barrow Gang successfully stole the car, Grizzard and his girlfriend chased after them. I liked how they used medium and close up shots of them inside the car. Usually shots outside the car can’t really give the audience a sense of connection with the characters. These shots were inside the car so I was able to see their reactions.

The Barrow Gang were like reckless teenagers, simply chasing after their victims. They were having this sort of childlike excitement. When they pulled their victims over, being the cold blooded killers, one might think they would shoot them right there. Instead they allowed Grizzard and Velma to join them. It was like they were having a break from robbing and the violence, to have just one day to make acquaintanceship with regular people.

The scene consisted of medium shots and close ups of each of the character’s faces. The scene was tense in the beginning, after all the Barrow Gang were criminals and their actions were unpredictable. As Clyde and his brother were pointing their guns at their theft victims, they tell them to join them. I personally found that weird and amusing. It was like they were trying to form a bond with the new people they met.

I believe this scene is important because although they chose this life of crime as a way to escape their boring  reality, they still long contact with people outside life of crime. Grizzard seems to find this encounter more amusing while is girlfriend looks more uncomfortable. He seems more open and answers their questions. They’re laughing, cracking jokes, and eventually spent the entire day just driving in the car talking.

I chose this scene in particular because it showed a very relaxing atmosphere. The Barrow Gang was on the run, always on the edge and moving from one place to another, depending on each other. And this chase gave them a chance to introduce themselves and form a civil acquaintanceship with these two people. To see them laugh and form conversation with civilians was interesting. Deep down, they wanted to get away from crime and be normal people and befriending two innocent people was an escape in a sense.

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