Critical Insights: Bonnie and Clyde, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 161925879X
  • ISBN-13: 9781619258792
  • DDC: 791.43
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - College Senior
  • 306 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2016 | Published/Released October 2017
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2016

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This volume provides essays that take a closer look at this landmark film, its influences, and the controversies surrounding its release. Essays offer analyses of Bonnie & Clyde based on cultural and historical contexts, close viewings from particular critical standpoints (from traditional to postmodern), comparisons in the light of other films, and critical receptions over time. All essays are written by renowned film scholars of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, providing in-depth, academic coverage of all key issues and interpretations.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
About This Volume.
The Movie & The Director.
1: On Bonnie and Clyde: Still and Moving Images.
2: Biography of Arthur Penn.
Critical Contexts.
3: “Something's Happening Here”: Bonnie and Clyde and the Sixties.
4: “As Pointless as It Is Lacking in Taste”: The Reception and Re-Reception of Bonnie and Clyde.
5: Outlaw Woman, Impotent Men: Gender Subversion in Bonnie and Clyde.
6: “You've Heard the Story of Jesse James”: Bonnie and Clyde and the Gangster Film.
Critical Readings.
7: “We Rob Banks”: Cinematic Thievery in Bonnie and Clyde.
8: Bonnie and Clyde as Counterculture Gangster Film: Reimagining Classic Gangster Pictures and Film Noir.
9: Youth Gone Wild?: Bonnie and Clyde and the American (Counter) Culture of the Sixties.
10: Impotence, Homoeroticism, and Hysteria: Gender and Sexuality in Bonnie and Clyde and the Cinema of Arthur Penn.
11: What Once Was or What May Never Have Been: En/De/Re Coding (Outlaw) Masculinity.
12: “…Just Shot the Devil Out of Them”: Images of the Deaths of Bonnie and Clyde.
13: She Is a Peach; He Is a Dandy: Style as Longing in Bonnie and Clyde.
14: Overhearing the Past in a Happening Present: Bonnie and Clyde's Radical Soundtrack.
15: Bonnie and Clyde in the Charts.
Cast & Credits.
Awards & Honors.
Chronology of Arthur Penn's Life.
Director's Filmography.
About the Editor.