3 Things I Love Today

by - Thursday, August 02, 2012

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from www.thefreshfilms.com/Movies/bonclyde.htm

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1. Everything Bonnie from Bonnie and Clyde- I watched this movie from 1967 this afternoon, and Faye Dunaway is really pretty fantastic in it. It is amazing to me this movie doesn't get mentioned more often as a good example of a great female character because her badassery is both the catalyst of the whole film and treated as an absolute given. The story is as more hers than anyone else's and she is the most well-rounded and flawed character of them all. Also, and on a much shallower note, her wardrobe is this unbelievable 1930's/60's hybrid that is just jaw dropping in every single scene. Seriously, you could watch the movie just for her clothes, as bizarrely double-dated as they are. Someone waify needs to use this as a starting ground for their personal style. When the film started, I didn't totally get the appeal of Faye Dunaway, but man she is just a quiet powerhouse. Fantastic performance that built a lot out of a character who could have been a stereotype or underwritten a great deal.
from imdb.com
Dunaway on the part-  "Never have I felt so close to a character as I felt to Bonnie. She was a yearning, edgy, ambitious southern girl who wanted to get out of wherever she was. I knew everything about wanting to get out, and getting out doesn’t come easy. But with Bonnie there was real tragic irony. She got out only to see that she was heading nowhere and the end was death.

There was a real kind of fierceness I’d seen in Bonnie that I recognized in myself as well. You look at photos of her and see it in her eyes, the set of her jaw. It takes fierceness in life to get ahead. I already knew that. Bonnie was Tennessee Williams, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof time. She knew the only way to get what she wanted was through her own sheer force of will. She was driven by her own desire. I know that territory - you do whatever it takes. She wanted to be something special, something out of the ordinary.”

from www.ifc.com/fix/2010/04/dede-allen-1923-2010
2. Dede Hall's editing in Bonnie and Clyde- not only does the film boast two interesting performances from women, but it also has really fantastic cinematography and editing. When I looked up the info on the editor, I was happily surprised that it was a woman. Two sequences come to mind- one is immediately after this particular heist, when a chase scene is spliced together with the interogation of the victims. The whole thing, with the addition of the music, really has a lot of joy and fun (helping to endear the criminals to the audience). Secondly, and I don't want to ruin it in case you netflix instant stream this movie (do it, it's long but it is worth it), but the last two minutes are extremely effecting without being sappy- it's all the editing that does it. It is a tour de force set of cuts and it creates a great emotional ambiguity and strange tension/calm that are so effective and smart.
3. Any Olympic Coverage that isn't Swimming- I am so sick of swimming. It becomes much less impressive that Phelps won so many medals when you see how many freaking swims there are. He has the widest net ever. And, no offense to Amanda Rose who I know has a much better understanding of the sport than I, you can only watch so many races. They are all the same and they are all boring. Also, the big star swimmers are not that likable, other than Missy Franklin who is pretty adorable. But seriously NBC, how much of this do we have to watch when there are so many sports to cover!? So bored with it.

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