The Story of Bonnie and Clyde

1294 WordsFeb 3, 20185 Pages
Films throughout American history have focused on such a wide array of topics – a lot of them having to do with the time period in which they were produced. Some of these topics appear all throughout the history of film, one of them being crime. No matter where you go or where you look, whether it be in a certain place or a certain time period, you can’t escape crime; it’s always there – which is why I think crime is such a popular topic in American films. One of the most popular crime films in America is Bonnie and Clyde – a 1967 film, set during the Great Depression, about a woman who leaves home with a man whom she just met and soon falls in love with to rob banks. However, this movie has a bit of a twist: Bonnie and Clyde, the criminal couple, are portrayed throughout the movie as heroes – the audience is actually sort of invited to root for them to not get caught by the laws and to escape. This unusual crime film illustrates a liberal perspective by portraying Bonnie and Clyde, the criminals, as the heroes and the cops, as well as the banks, as the antagonists. The uniqueness of this film kind of shows how America in the 1960s felt about crime and how the cops and the banks are a part of a failing system in society at the time. During the Great Depression, a countless amount of people lost their homes and lived in what was called “Hoovervilles” – named after the man who was president at the start of the Great Depression, Herbert Hoover (Stephen Feinstein). Many
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