Fifty Years of ‘Bonnie and Clyde’

I haven’t cared about the Oscars since 1992’s Silence of the Lambs sweep. Like, I presume, 99 percent of Takimag readers, I won’t be tuning in on Feb. 26, when one of the broadcast’s “highlights,” we’re informed, will be the choice of Best Picture presenters: Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway.

See, this year marks the 50th anniversary of the movie that made them stars and altered the course of American cinema, and culture: Bonnie and Clyde.

  • George Gissing

    Not that it matters, but Warren Beatty was already a “star” before he made this movie, having appeared in a number of classic films.

    • I’ll pass that along.

    • John

      Splendor in the Grass ( ’61?) is what first got him noticed big-time

      • Justin St.Denis

        I hadn’t seen your comment when I made the same one.

    • Justin St.Denis

      “Splendour In The Grass” being just one of them.

  • Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner is a film I could never get my head around, at all. It’s such a plonking MESSAGE film, but what’s the message? That if you’re upper-upper-middle-class Katherine Hepburn, and your daughter starts dating the most admirable and anodyne black guy in history… you should be cool with it? I guess?

    People of my mother’s generation refer to Sydney Poitier as “dignified”. He was so “dignified”. As opposed to, say this?:

    I mean, for all it’s foibles, Bonnie And Clyde is watchable. I can’t imagine sitting through GWCTD again.

    • Justin St.Denis

      Really, really good points! GWCTD, like “Lillies of the Field”, does not stand up to the test of time at all. Even Bonnie and Clyde, while still watchable, is eclipsed by “Kalifornia” with Brad Pitt and Juliette Lewis, a very similar but ultimately far more meaningful film.

    • Clink9

      I had to watch it at the drive in with my parents as a kid. Good thing they put us in pyjamas before we would go.

  • ontario john

    Hollywood is rapidly being bought out by China anyway. We are already seeing movies being made in China, with freedom loving, social activist actors, prostituting themselves, by working in that fascist state.

    • canminuteman

      More facscist than California?

    • Justin St.Denis

      Ben Affleck is not a prostitute. Rather, Affleck is a “high-class Call Boy” not unlike Kim Kardashian and her ilk.

  • mauser 98

    Actor Robert Davi has a message for Hollywood hypocrites:

    “I propose that Meryl Steep, Chelsea Handler, Richard
    Gere, Robert DeNiro, Christoph Waltz and others lead an Oscar first:
    let’s do away with the rules, barriers, and tickets to the Oscars and
    after-parties, such as the swanky Vanity Fair party or the Weinsteins’
    star-studded affair.

    I ask all migrants, all illegal immigrant criminals and all un-vetted
    refugees to converge on Hollywood to come to the Oscars and all the
    after-parties, even those held at the mansions or the Chateau Marmont or
    anywhere else. After all, we in the Hollywood community want to show
    all Islamic extremists that we have love in our hearts — and what better
    way to do that than by inviting them along on our most important night?

    I find it curious that when President Obama did the same exact thing —
    and more — in terms of enforcing the law on illegal immigration, the
    Hollywood elite were silent. Why were they silent then, but are so vocal
    now when President Trump is doing basically the same thing? Is
    Hollywood racist? Why — when Christians are being slaughtered in Syria,
    Iraq, and other places in the Middle East — is Hollywood silent? ”

    • Justin St.Denis

      I actually hope Trump has HUD buy a Beverley Hills hotel and turn it into a “migrant centre”, then fill it with Muslims. I think those Hollywood celebrities need to have their noses rubbed hard into the shit they endorse.

      • mauser 98

        Ottawa too

        • Justin St.Denis


    • Clink9

      That is beautiful.