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Here’s the story of Bonnie and Clyde

Bonnie_and_ClydeIf you were looking for a film that perfectly encapsulated the 1960s then you’d struggle to find a better one than Bonnie and Clyde. Often described as the start of ‘New Hollywood’, Bonnie and Clyde feels, even now, exciting and rule defying. Its stars are young and fresh faced (indeed, Warren Beatty looks almost impossibly young, although Gene Hackman just looks like Gene Hackman), and its anarchic sense of humour is combined with a healthy disrespect for authority. There’s a real sense that anything could happen, that the film was creating something very different to what had gone before.

The film also predicts the souring of the 60s. In 1967, the year the film was released, you could still believe that the world would be changed by cocksure youths who thumbed their collective noses at the man and lived the way THEY wanted to live. Then 1968 comes along and with it assassinations, an ever-worsening Vietnam War, the start of the modern ‘Troubles’ in Northern Ireland and riots in Paris. The optimism came to a violent end, just like our title characters do in the film…

I’d never seen Bonnie and Clyde before and wasn’t really sure what to expect, but as you’ll hear on the podcast, we both enjoyed it immensely. I should warn you that the podcast was recorded in two halves: when we first started recording I wasn’t feeling too good, and we actually had to stop the recording. We then picked it up a week later. Can you spot the join?

Last but not least, our Secret Sponsor for this week is The Movie Waffler (@themoviewaffler). Check out the website at http://www.themoviewaffler.com/.

If our review has piqued your interest in the film, you can buy Bonnie and Clyde from Amazon on DVD or Blu-ray by clicking these links (and we get a little bit of cash if you do – thanks in advance),

Anyway, without further ado, let us present our feature presentation:

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101 Films Podcast 063 – Bonnie and Clyde

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Director: Arthur Penn Year of release: 1967 Studio/Distributor: Warner Bros Country: USA

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Podcast 063: Bonnie and Clyde

Our first attempt to record a podcast on Bonnie and Clyde met with a slight hiccup. Well, slightly more than a hiccup…  yes, poor old Ian was taken violently ill halfway through the initial recording, but we regrouped and went back to finish the podcast the following week. Because, goddammit, we’re professionals.

101 Films Podcast 063 – Bonnie and Clyde

You still picking your feet in Poughkeepsie?

TheFrenchConnectionWhat is it about 101 Films and New York? Of the 44 films we have discussed, 7 of them, 16%, have been New York based. What does this mean? That New York is our spiritual home and that we should definitely record our 101st podcast there? Yes, lets say that. Lewis, pack your bags!

Anyway, this week we visit the wintery and gritty 1970s New York of The French Connection. A film neither Lewis or I had seen, The French Connection was recommended to us by listener/reader (I can never remember what we call you) Claire Curie.

Lewis and I both very much enjoyed the film. In particular we liked the way that, although a thriller, it does a great job depicting the more procedual side of police detective work; mostly the waiting. Yes, as a detective you might get the chance to indulge in an exciting car chase through Manhattan or rough up a perp while dressed as Santa, but that’s about 5% of your job. The rest is sitting in cars, waiting for stuff to happen.

We also both developed a definite man crush on Gene Hackman. His portrayal of Detective “Popeye” Doyle manages to walk the line between making him someone you can root for but not shying away from what a pretty horrible person he can be. Its a fantastic performance which well deserves the Oscar he got for it.

Other than jabbering on about Gene (*sigh*) there’s the usual nonsense as always. We shoot ourselves in the foot AGAIN by choosing another rival film podcast as our Secret Sponsor – The Projection Booth Podcast. The worst thing is they seem much more professional than us. What are we doing?! Still, they’re this week’s Secret Sponsor so we are honour-bound to recommend that you check them out. Please don’t leave us for them though!

If our review has piqued your interest in the film, you can buy the French Connection DVD from Amazon by clicking here (and we get a little bit of cash if you do – thanks in advance)

Anyway, without further ado, let us present our feature presentation:

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101 Films Podcast 044 – The French Connection

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We’d love to hear your own film recommendations – please get in touch at 101filmsyoushouldhaveseen@gmail.com or leave a comment on the blog. Feel free to say nice things about us on iTunes!

Director: William Friedkin Year of release: 1971 Studio/Distributor: 20th Century Fox Country: USA

Podcast 044: The French Connection

With this week’s film is the French Connection, a film about “Popeye” Doyle and “Cloudy” Russo; two rough, tough, hard drinking fellas who may cut corners and bend the rules but they get the job done dammit! Remind you of anyone? No? Ok, fair enough. Enjoy the podcast anyway!

101 Films Podcast 044 – The French Connection