We Rob Banks

Bonnie and Clyde is one of the earliest movies from the villain’s point of view. It was also one of the first to bring the New Hollywood movement to life. Since Bonnie and Clyde deals with sex and violence in a frank manner. Something late 60’s films continued to do more and more. Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were the original criminal couple. Between 1932 and 1934, Bonnie and Clyde went on a series of crime sprees that would sometimes end in murder. They were named “Public Enemy” during the Great Depression.

Although I knew the basics of their story, parts of the movie still surprised me. Like I didn’t realize they committed their first crime mere moments after meeting. Clyde was fresh out of prison and Bonnie was simply bored. They’re so nonchalant about their criminal activities that they don’t even hesitant to tell people they rob banks. I knew they eventually had a getaway driver. So C.W. Moss didn’t come as a surprise. It’s Clyde’s criminal brother Buck and timid wife Blanche that I wasn’t aware of. Despite all the laws that they break, Bonnie and Clyde were practically hailed as folk heroes. Due to how glamourized they were by the media. Bonnie was especially glamourized as a gun-toting cigar smoker.

Whether exaggerated or not, Bonnie and Clyde’s deaths were all too real. Just when it seems like they were ready to put their crimes behind them, the couple was struck down by a hail of bullets. I know their actions were inexcusable, but it’s still shocking to see the stars of the movie killed in such a graphic way. Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway play their parts perfectly. I’m not surprised that pretty much the entire cast was nominated (with Estelle Parsons winning the only Oscar). Along with a win for Best Cinematography and a nomination for Best Picture. Bonnie and Clyde broke all the rules.

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Bonnie and Clyde rob a bank

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