Bonnie and Clyde

August 17, 2009 § Leave a comment

Is it any surprise that decades after the bankrobbing couple and their subsequently violent demise, that mainstream culture still finds them interesting? There’s a love story. There’s adventure. Nothing seems to work to the advantage of legend more than sex, money and anything illegal. In Western culture, Bonnie and Clyde have become not only common knowledge but also representative of a whole archetype. How many films have been made using characters that seem to rip them off? There is also the romanticism of love on the run from the law that is likely one of the main reasons for the duo’s longevity in culture.

Examples of what I mean can be taken from music. The same year the film adaptation of Bonnie and Clyde’s story was released, French pop genius, Serge Gainsbourg and bombshell Brigette Bardot released “Bonnie and Clyde”. The song has since been sampled by various hip-hop groups, been covered by many and is one of a few French songs that people who aren’t French actually recognize.

Also, to keep this more contemporary, simply look to Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s song, “’03 Bonnie & Clyde”.

Without further ado, the classic 1967 film, featuring some pretty violent scenes for the day and some obvious influence from the French New Wave cinema. I was watching this movie today and that’s really what inspired me to write about Bonnie and Clyde. I mean, the movie has held up quite well to aging. Part one is below, click the video to find the rest on YouTube.


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