Blog # 2 Visual Violence
The movie “Bonnie and Clyde” is a 1967 biographical crime film. It was directed by Arthur Penn and the main stars were Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway. They played the title characters. Beatty provided much of the script but didn’t get credit for it. Beatty produced the film and Charles Strouse composed the soundtrack.
The instrumental banjo piece “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” by Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs was used throughout the movie, although bluegrass music was the style in the 1940’s instead of the 1930’s, the period in which the movie portrayed.
Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were the most famous gangster couple in American history. During the Great Depression from 1932 to 1934 their gang ranged from petty thief to national known bank robbers and murders. A lot of the robberies were just small cash, so they had to keep robbing in order to have enough money to get by. By committing more robberies they became well known and it was hard to hide out. Bonnie and Clyde is considered a landmark film.
The film was filmed during the New Hollywood era and broke a lot of the cinematic taboos but it was popular with the youth. Its success prompted other filmmakers to be more open with violence, crime and sex. It was filmed in and around the Dallas Texas area, even using some banks that Bonnie and Clyde had supposedly held up at gunpoint.
The ending was one of the bloodiest death scenes in cinematic history. Bonnie and Clyde was one of the first films to use squibs, which were small bags of stage blood. They were placed in different places inside an actor’s clothes to simulate bullet holes.
Bonnie and Clyde’s friend C.W.’s father strikes up deal with the police and helps set up a trap for them. When Bonnie and Clyde stops by the roadside to help C.W. father, I believe they can sense something was in the air by the way they looked at each other. They knew they were playing a dangerous game and it had to end sometime. Police hiding in the bushes opened fire and riddled them with bullets. Both of them were unarmed, but had weapons in the back seat.