BONNIE AND CLYDE

Director Arthur Penn
Year 1967
Starring Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, Michael J. Pollard, Gene Hackman, Estelle Parsons, Denver Pyle, Dub Taylor
Run Time 112min
Age Policy

18 and up; Children 6 and up will be allowed only with a parent guardian. No children under the age of 6 will be allowed.

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This screening is part of our November celebration of Tough Ladies in Cinema!

Some movies are great. Some movies are cinema-changing. And some movies -- the best of the best -- manage to do both. BONNIE AND CLYDE is one of those movies.

Arthur Penn’s masterpiece broke new ground in both violence and sexuality in American film. Its balletic bloodbaths would forever change the way filmmakers shot action, and its up-front sexuality -- including an impotent Clyde Barrow who uses his gun as a second phallus -- jolted Hollywood awake to the sexual revolution happening all around them. BONNIE AND CLYDE would be ground zero for the glorious run of great ‘70s movies popularly known as The New Hollywood.

But BONNIE AND CLYDE isn’t just important -- being important would make it worth reading about, not worth seeing. It’s also really great. Warren Beatty, one of the most charismatic humans to ever walk the Earth, is at peak charisma as the lovestruck outlaw. Faye Dunaway is so beautiful and so cool in this movie that her Bonnie Parker outfits smashed into the fashion world like a meteor. Their story is romantic and tragic, foolish and wonderful, just like all the best love stories. Even the ones with bullet holes.

They’re surrounded by a stunning array of character actors, like the brilliant Michael Pollard, the always underappreciated Estelle Parsons (who won an Oscar for her part) and Gene Hackman, who would be launched into the legend we know today playing Bonnie’s older brother.

Sometimes darkly comic, sometimes absolutely thrilling, always completely beautiful, BONNIE AND CLYDE speaks as loudly to us today as it did to audiences in 1967. And that final shoot-out will still take your breath away as it mixes elegance and agony. (Devin Faraci)

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