50TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING
"They're young... they're in love... and they kill people." Disdained by stuffy film critics, at first a financial failure until it was embraced by countercultural writers like Pauline Kael, Bonnie and Clyde became a box office smash which launched the New Hollywood. Setting aside its startling violence (even by today's standards), the film is a brilliant look at how the Depression turned good people into common criminals, and common criminals into heroes. Director Arthur Penn borrowed a variety of silent and gangster-era film styles to capture the era, and Beatty and Dunaway have never been better, aided by a superb supporting cast that includes a very young Gene Hackman and Estelle Parsons, who won Best Supporting Actress.
35mm print courtesy Warner Bros.