When someone looks into the history of crime in the United States they see things like Presidential assassinations, bombings, the Mob, and the notorious bank robbers, Bonnie and Clyde. If you ask a person about Bonnie and Clyde and what they thought about the couple most would mention the words "criminals" and "lovers". For the most part they are correct, but what most people don't know, and what the movie Bonnie and Clyde (1967) does a good job of showing, is the background of the infamous couple. In Bonnie and Clyde (1967), director Arthur Penn shows a deeper background of the characters and how they changed throughout the movie.
One obvious change in characteristics would be Bonnie Parker and how she went to a household name in a matter of months. Roger Ebert states, "Bonnie was a gum-chewing waitress and Clyde was a two-bit hood out on parole" (Ebert) At the beginning ...view middle of the document...
A lot of this change in Bonnie is a result from meeting her better half, Clyde Barrow. Clyde's criminal ways slowly started to leak into Bonnies lifestyle.
Blanche, Clyde’s sister-in-law, changes for the sake of her husband. When we first meet her she is very shy and oblivious to everything about crime. She was a known Christian and preacher's daughter who even convinced her husband, Buck Barrow, to turn himself into prison after escaping. At first Buck didn't want Blanche to get involved in all of the crimes they were committing, but that was really delaying the inevitable. She loved Buck and that never changed, but what did was her attitude. For example, she did not care for Bonnie, but she learned to deal with her. She also became more independent towards the end of the movie by doing things like going to the store without Buck and not having to have by her side at all times. Blanche slowly began to smoke cigarettes, learned how to shoot a gun, and changed the way she dressed to a tomboy style. She did all of these things in order to live the life of a runaway convict. Of course she wouldn’t have been doing this if it weren’t for the love she had toward her husband. She always kept her Christian values though they did seem faded at times.
Change is something you see in every character in Bonnie and Clyde but is most seen in Bonnie and Blanche. Bonnie transformed from a small-town waitress to a criminal on the run. Blanche lived a Christian life until she wanted to please her husband by living the same way as Bonnie, as a criminal on the run. Though the influences that caused these changes were criminals they still seemed to show some good choices in the end. Neither Bonnie nor Blanche really had a choice of what they were going to do because the men they were in love with were destine for jail.
Bonnie and Clyde. Dir. Arthur Penn. Perf. Faye Dunaway, Warren Beatty, and Gene Hackman. DVD. Warner Brothers, 1967.
Ebert, Roger. "Bonnie and Clyde." Roger Ebert. 25 September, 1967. 8 April, 2013. <http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/reviews/bonnie-and-clyde-1967>