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Arthur Penn's Bonnie and Clyde

Arthur Penn's Bonnie and Clyde


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Lester Friedman, Arthur Penn, David Newman, Diane Carson, Steve Carr, Matthew Bernstein, Stephen Prince, Liora Moriel
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  • Date Published: March 2000
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521596978


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  • Few films in the history of American cinema caused more intense critical discussion and greater emotional debate than Arthur Penn's Bonnie and Clyde. This provocative portrayal of Depression-era life on the run, delivered with visual panache and a hip sensibility, ushered in what came to be categorized as 'the New American Cinema'. Focusing on a story set in the 1930s, yet clearly fashioned to resonate with the countercultural tenor of the 1960s, the film remains compelling for today's viewers by virtue of its central love story and inevitable tragedy, its subversive statement as well as its sympathetic connection to the communal impulse. This volume includes commissioned essays by leading scholars of Arthur Penn's work, as well as contributions from Penn himself and scriptwriter David Newman. They analyze the cultural history, technical brilliance, visual strategies, and violent imagery that marked Bonnie and Clyde as a significant turning point in American film.

    • Volume includes essays by the director and screenwriter of the film
    • Incorporation of both traditional and contemporary approaches to film analysis
    • Places the film within a social and historical context
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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2000
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521596978
    • length: 230 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.34kg
    • contains: 34 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: Arthur Penn's Enduring Gangsters Lester Friedman
    1. Making waves: the directing of Bonnie and Clyde Arthur Penn
    2. What's it really all about?: pictures at an execution David Newman
    3. 'It's never the way I knew them': searching for Bonnie and Clyde Diane Carson
    4. From 'fucking cops!' to 'fucking media!': Bonnie and Clyde for a Sixties America Steve Carr
    5. Model criminals: a visual analysis of Bonnie and Clyde Matthew Bernstein
    6. The haemorrhaging of American cinema: Bonnie and Clyde's legacy of film violence Stephen Prince
    7. Erasure and taboo: a queer reading of Bonnie and Clyde Liora Moriel
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    Lester D. Friedman, Syracuse University, New York


    Lester Friedman, Arthur Penn, David Newman, Diane Carson, Steve Carr, Matthew Bernstein, Stephen Prince, Liora Moriel

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