Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker burst upon the American Southwest in the Great Depression year of 1932. At the time of Clyde’sfirst involvement with a murder, people paid little attention to the event. He was just another violent hoodlum in a nation with a growing list of brutal criminals, which included Al Capone, John Dillenger, Pretty Boy Floyd, and the Barker Gang. Not until Bonnie and Clyde joined forces did the public become intrigued.
The phrase “Bonnie and Clyde” took on an electrifying and exotic meaning that has abated little in the past sixty years.
Clyde Chestnut Barrow was born on March 24, 1909, into a family of four children. Ironically when the midwife told a local physician of his birth, the physician incorrectly recorded it as “baby girl Barrow” in the Vital Statistics volume of the Ellis County Courthouse at Waxahachie. Three additional children followed Clyde’s birth, and the families financial difficulties worsened as the price for cotton bounced up and down.
After some years the Barrow’s found it impossible to provide for their children and sent them to live with relatives in east Texas. At one relatives home Clyde developed two interests that remained with him to the end of hid life: a passion for music, and an obsession with guns.
Even as Clyde drove along the lane in Louisiana to his death, he carried a saxophone and reams of sheet music, as well as an arsenal of firearms. Clyde loved and named his guns, and regarded them as tokens of his power.
At the age of sixteen, Clyde dropped out of school to work at Proctor and Gamble. Clyde’s crime streak started with helping his brother steal a small flock of turkeys and transporting them to Dallas to sell for Christmas money. Dallas officers saw the back seat full of live fowl, and pulled them over arresting them both.
His brother claimed full responsibility , and they lat Clyde go since he was so small and innocent looking.
If you want to talk about a film during the New Hollywood period that changed all of the rules in cinema, Bonnie & Clyde is one of the most famous films of that period. It’s revolutionary in the fact that it explores so many taboo subjects such as sex, violence, and crime, but the film makes you sympathize with these characters. The editing is also very instrumental in the making of this film. It’s innovative in the way that it gives the scenes more action and suspense.
The two major scenes in which this is most prevalent are the bedroom scene with Bonnie and Clyde and the very infamous final scene, which marked their deaths. Sex was almost never up for discussion in many films before this one (The Graduate was released the same year as this film). The scene where Bonnie and Clyde are together in the bedroom is only one of the controversial scenes in this film. The editing in this scene helps dictate the meaning of this scene. The beginning of this scene shows Bonnie getting ready in the bathroom and it cuts back and forth between them.
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Clyde then calls Bonnie to talk to her and she sits on the bed. Clyde is unable to satisfy Bonnie in bed and you can tell by the looks on his face and the editing. The multiple cuts from Bonnie kissing on him to his disgruntled face gives you an awkward feeling when he turns away. Then the frame turns to an unhappy Bonnie. The final scene in the film is one of the most famous scenes in cinema.
It is a tour de force of filming and editing that is studied by film students to this day.