Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway were perfect for the roles of title characters. Beatty plays a “cool” outlaw with a hillbilly charm that anyone could get along with. Faye Dunaway is captivating as a stunning vixen that only Warren Beatty could tame. Both characters really do prove that opposites attract and remain bonded till death. The two stars of the film are obviously more appealing than the real outlaw couple.
Left: Real-life Bonnie and Clyde
Right: Hollywood's Bonnie and Clyde
Bonnie and Clyde features a soundtrack of energetic banjo playing that adds auditory perfection to the films dirt road aesthetic. The simplistic yet radiant cinematography make the film very easy on the eyes. Despite the violent nature of Bonnie and Clyde, the film is fairly calm and soothing. Bonnie and Clyde director Arthur Penn seemed to take some notes from the directors of the European “New Wave” film movements. Bonnie and Clyde is one of few Hollywood studio films that I would consider a masterpiece.
Bonnie and Clyde seem to have some problems in the bedroom as Clyde is not much of a “lover boy.” From the beginning of the film, it is apparent that Bonnie is sexually repressed and aggressive. Despite Clyde’s sexual problems, he is the only man that can satisfy Bonnie. Only near the conclusion of Bonnie and Clyde do the two lovers accomplish a full exercise in physical love. The love “climax” is a fitting scene before the final violent climax of the film.