The Library of Congress’s The Packard Campus Theater will be screening Bonnie and Clyde, released in 1969 and starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway.
Setting filmmaking and style trends that linger today, “Bonnie and Clyde” veered from comedy to social commentary to melodrama and caught audiences unaware, especially with its graphic violent ending. Arthur Penn deftly directs David Newman and Robert Benton’s script, aided by the film’s star and producer Warren Beatty, who was always eager to push the envelope. Faye Dunaway captures the Depression-era yearning for glamour and escape from poverty and hopelessness. The film was nominated for ten Academy Awards including Best Picture and five Best Acting nominations in all four categories (both Gene Hackman and Michael J. Pollard received Best Supporting Actor nominations). Estelle Parsons won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress and Burnett Guffey won for Best Cinematography. “Bonnie and Clyde” was added to the National Film Registry in 1992. * No one under the age of 17 will be admitted without a parent or guardian.
Color, 111 min.
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