Critical Insights Film: Bonnie & Clyde

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  • 1 Volume; 300 Pages
  • 20 essays offering Current Critical Analysis by Renowned Film Scholars
  • Introductory Essay by the Editor
  • In-Depth Academic Coverage of All Key Issues and Interpretations
  • General Bibliography
  • General Subject Index
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Editor: Rebecca Martin
June 2016 · 1 volume · 300 pages · 6"x9"

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Salem Press is proud to announce Critical Insights: Film, the newest expansion to the renowned Critical Insights series. Each volume in the Critical Insights: Film collection focuses on a single film classic from American cinema, providing detailed insight and contextual analysis about each subject. These brand-new titles make perfect additions to academic, public, and community Film Studies collections everywhere.

Directed by Arthur Penn and starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway as the infamous gangster duo, 1967’s Bonnie and Clyde helped pave the way for the “New Hollywood” school of filmmaking, given its rapid shifts of tone, portrayal of sex and violence, and popularity with a younger audience. Earning two Academy Awards, a place in the National Film Registry, and the claim to “one of the bloodiest death scenes in cinematic history,” Bonnie & Clyde still remains a classic today.

Critical Insights: Bonnie & Clyde will of be interest to a wide range of readers, both those who are familiar with Arthur Penn's controversial and influential film, Bonnie & Clyde (1967), and those who are not, but who want to explore a film that is emblematic of its violent and unsettled time. There are many ways into the subject and readers will find that this group of essays can facilitate any number of them. The coverage is both broad and deep and will provide a range of contemporary scholarly approaches to the subject, as well as essential background and context.

Context is crucial for understanding this film. Readers will come to understand that Bonnie and Clyde is both a product of its time and one whose roots and influences can be traced to earlier productions in the gangster film, genre, but it is also touched by the complex American mode of expression that the French retroactively named film noir and by the places of the small group of French directors of the 1950s and 1960s who were busy expressing a new attitude toward film itself and establishing new practices in filmmaking; this is the French New Wave of François Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard, both of whom play roles, direct and indirect, in shaping the film that became Bonnie and Clyde. Readers will note, too, that Bonnie and Clyde is most identified as the film that incited and introduced the explosion of creativity called the New American Cinema, or the American New Wave.

This compilation in the Critical Insights Film series provides essays that take a closer look at the landmark film, its influences, and the controversies surrounding its release. Essays are 2,500 to 5,000 words in length and offer analyses of Bonnie & Clyde based on cultural and historical contexts, close viewings from particular critical standpoints (from traditional to postmodern), comparisons in the light of other films, and critical receptions over time. All essays are written by renowned film scholars of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, providing in-depth, academic coverage of all key issues and interpretations.Finally, the volume's appendixes offer a section of useful reference resources:

About This Volume
Critical Context: Original Introductory Essays
Critical Readings: Original In-Depth Essays
Further Readings
Detailed Bibliography
Detailed Bio of the Editor
General Subject Index