If it was released this year, Warren Beatty's Bonnie And Clyde would be tagged a post-modernist gangster movie. Its many dimensions, the sexual subtext in the relationship between Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, the Keystone cops style comedy often broken up with amazingly violent scenes that themselves have sometimes have a comic touch would make any modern film critic wax on and on about its brilliance. Critics would even call director Arthur Penn the next Tarantino. It is almost hard to believe this film was released in 1967, more than forty years ago.
The movie itself is just a little more legendary than the stories around the begging, pleading, cajoling, and hiding Beatty did to simply get the movie made. One of these stories is he got on his knees and kissed Jack Warner's shoes to get this movie green lighted. The studio had so little faith in it they offered Beatty a cut of the profits instead of real money. Beatty is now a very rich man and has been since Bonnie And Clyde premiered in Montreal in 1967.
The movie has also survived well visually though even in this restored state a couple of the scenes are a little faded. Continuity was not a great concern during the filming of this movie so nitpickers can have a field day here. Though the movie was nominated for many Academy Awards, it only won two including Best Supporting Actress for Estelle Parsons. Her character can now be seen in Roseanne reruns.
This is a movie film experts can have a field day with. For mere mortals, it is one of the greatest gangster movies ever made.
The second DVD in the Bonnie And Clyde Special Edition features 40th Anniversary documentaries about the movie, a History Channel special on the famous pair, wardrobe tests, and additional scenes.
If you are wondering the difference between this 2 DVD version and the Ultimate Collector's Edition is the latter includes a 36 page photo book, a 24-page reproduction of the original press book, and a mail-in for a poster. Hmmm.