Episode 19: Bonnie and Clyde
In 1967 Arthur Penn's Bonnie and Clyde, starring Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty, was released and changed the way American movies were made. Influenced by the French cinema new wave movement, Bonnie and Clyde was a movie unlike any American audiences and critics had seen, and it showed in the bad reviews and lack of box office. Then came famed movie critic Pauline Kael and her glowing review, and box office and Oscar nominations followed...but very few wins. Bonnie and Clyde, which influenced the style and substance of such films as The Godfather, Badlands, and True Romance, did not win Best Picture. That honor went to In the Heat of the Night...but should it have? Join us as we discuss the merits of the movie and real history of Bonnie and Clyde. Rodrigo expresses his distaste for movies that put a bow on the ending, and Brian inadvertently invents a drinking game where listeners take a shot every time he says "essentially" (Note: you will be blinding drunk by the 20 minute mark). Essentially, an essential episode!