"If all you want's a stud service, you get on back to West Dallas and you stay there the rest of your life. You're worth more than that. A lot more than that."
- Clyde Barrow
This Week's Essays
First Viewing: Anxious Opinions
What if I don’t like it? What if I don’t understand why people hold the film in such high regard? And then I agree to put those opinions down in word so that everyone can point and laugh and say “that’s the guy that hates Bonnie and Clyde. What a charlatan. Let’s eject him from the internet.”
Sexual Dysfunction, Romance, and Violence
Criminality has always had a certain innate sex appeal, especially on screen. There’s darkness and danger and raw, fiery passion. It’s no wonder, then, that the mythos around Bonnie and Clyde plays it up to the nth degree. The duo is remembered as a young, beautiful, and violent match made in heaven in no small part thanks to the 1967 film.
Bonnie and Clyde is stuck between three eras: the depression-era 30s in which it is set, the rebellious 60s signified by the conflict in Vietnam, and the time of the American West outlaws. I was struck by how much Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow are influenced by and how much the film views them as mythic figures only seen in the Wild West.