BONNIE AND CLYDE (1967) & Iconoclasm

This week we discuss the landmark historical film BONNIE AND CLYDE. Our reviews are followed by discussions about how this film was a cultural jumping-off point, and how it’s filled with examples of iconoclastically pushing back against society.

Next Time
The next in our heist mini-series is the original THE ITALIAN JOB, from 1969.

Recent Media
BRIDGE OF SPIES (2015): Stephen Spielberg, Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance
STAGED (2020): Simon Evans, Michael Sheen, David Tennant
GOOD OMENS (2019): Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, Michael Sheen

CHINATOWN (1974): Roman Polanski, Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway
BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID (1969): George Roy Hill, Paul Newman, Robert Redford
EASY RIDER (1969): Dennis Hopper, Peter Fonda, Jack Nicholson
UNFORGIVEN (1992): Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman

Footnotes The Wiki entries on the historical figures Bonnie and Clyde and the Barrow Gang are interesting, especially when compared with the description of the film — if only to see the discrepancies involved. Rob mentions the ‘Tommy Gun’; in case you’re unsure about this (so ‘Bugsy Malone Gun’ isn’t enough of a description), here’s more. Towards the end of the episode, we talk about the use of some surprisingly modern editing techniques in the film; this is a good article on ‘MTV editing’. Finally, here’s a reminder about another technique mentioned by Rob (‘Russian’ or ‘Soviet Montage’) in our discussion of this.