Dec 16

Bonnie and Clyde was one of my favorite films we viewed all semester and a true American classic. It was the story of couple Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow and their crime spree across the south. Their main purpose was to gain notoriety throughout the entire country through the media. They also had the help of a young mechanic named C.W Moss to be their getaway driver. After their first killing within a bank robbery Clyde’s brother Buck and his wife Blanche joined the Barrow crew to help the cause of notoriety. I’m not sure what it is that Bonnie wanted so bad out of living a life of crime but she sure as hell got it. They were the most famous people in the United States for being the worst people in the entire south.

For the time this film was very action packed and was filled with a lot of violence, blood and gore. This film was definitely designed to keep the viewer on their toes and it certainly kept me on my toes. I felt that Arthur Penn did a fantastic job at making the audience kind of side with “the bad guys,” with that of Bonnie and Clyde. I was definitely rooting for them in their many run in’s with the “laws.” Even though our country has tried to teach us that the police are the people we need to root for, Penn did an exceptional job making sure the audience rooted for Bonnie, Clyde and the Barrow Gang.

Another main point I felt this movie emphasized was the fact that Bonnie always seemed to be in charge. She always looked like she had control over Clyde, who had control over the rest of the group, which in turn made her the boss. I kind of feel like Bonnie Parker was one of the most subtle “Femme Fatales” of all time. She didn’t seem like she was always in charge but she was and she knew how to get the job done, and as for most Femme Fatales she ended fatally along with her partner in crime Clyde.


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