Bonnie & Clyde were real but their story was transformed by Hollywood for the famous movie featuring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway in 1967.
Gangster movies are based on real facts but they glamorize them.
Bonnie & Clyde are perfect to create a film: they embody BOTH love and violence. The individualistic values they stand for can relate to the self-made men or rags-to-riches stories but they get rich and famous breaking the law.
- Can a hero be a gangster?
- How do outlaws become pop icons?
- How do 1930s American gangsters illustrate the contradictions of the American Dream?
a slum: bidonville / quartier déshérité
to raise an issue: poser problème / soulever une controverse
law-abiding: respectables / honorables
He is a writer / an author / an expert about Bonnie & Clyde. His book is entitled Go Down Together: The True, Untold Story of Bonnie and Clyde.
Bonnie & Clyde lived during the Great Depression after the financial crash (Black Thursday) which bankrupted American citizens and increased unemployment rates and poverty. They belonged to a poor social background and they were admired by poor people because they robbed banks. They are deeply rooted in their time and context.
The irony is that poor people didn’t get any poorer because of the Depression.
The context was the Great Depression which implied that Americans saw banks and the government as enemies. That’s why they needed to take their minds of their troubles so they admired B&C for doing what they wanted but couldn’t do themselves.
B & C’s background can explain why they captured poor Americans imagination.
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