'Bonnie and Clyde' director Arthur Penn dies
Arthur Penn, a television and film director best known for the 1967 bank heist flick "Bonnie and Clyde," has died. He was 88.
Mr. Penn was the younger brother of acclaimed portrait photographer Irving Penn, who died Oct. 7, 2009.
Many critics wrote that "Bonnie and Clyde" was a revolutionary mix of raucous comedy, blood spurting violence, and gun stroking sexuality.
Starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, the film was marketed by Warner Brothers under the tag line: "They're young. They're in love. They kill people."
The film was based on two small time 1930s criminals and had previously unseen levels of gore and eroticism.
In one moment, a bank teller's face is blown off with a shotgun blast and in another Bonnie fondles the barrel of Clyde's gun.
Nominated for ten Academy Awards, the movie only won two, for cinematography and best supporting actress.
Still, film critic Roger Ebert wrote in the Chicago Sun Times that "Bonnie and Clyde," was "a milestone in the history of American movies."
A full obituary is on the way. In the meantime, please leave your thoughts and memories of the director below.
Also, what's your favorite scene in the movie?
T. Rees Shapiro
| September 29, 2010; 11:51 AM ET
Categories: T. Rees Shapiro | Tags: Arthur Penn, Bonnie and Clyde, Faye Dunaway, Irving Penn, Warren Beatty
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