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Bonnie and Clyde and Genre
Gangster Movies
Genre Conventions: Setting
Typical Gangster Movie:
Big city, Prohibition, hideouts, day vs. night,
relat. with cops
Bonnie...
Genre Conventions: Presentation
Typical Gangster Movie:
Focus on people (as opposed to setting), dark
and smoky, muted col...
Genre Conventions: Character Types
Typical Gangster Movie:
Godfather, mother, trigger happy guy, new guy
to gang who works...
Genre Conventions: Stars
Typical Gangster Movie:
Bonnie and Clyde:
Genre Conventions: Story Formula
Typical Gangster Movie:
Rags  Riches  Destruction
Bonnie and Clyde:
Rags  Better Rags ...
Genre Conventions:
Conflicts Addressed
Typical Gangster Movie:
• Rule of law vs. survival of the fittest
• Due process vs....
Genre Conventions: Themes
Typical Gangster Movie:
Success, power & corruption, greed, loyalty,
crime doesn’t pay
Bonnie an...
“Social problems are condensed and displaced
from the social to the personal.”
- Bill Nichols, Engaging Cinema
“The fact that the story is set 35 years ago
doesn't mean a thing. It had to be set sometime.
But it was made now and it's...
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  1. 1. Bonnie and Clyde and Genre Gangster Movies
  2. 2. Genre Conventions: Setting Typical Gangster Movie: Big city, Prohibition, hideouts, day vs. night, relat. with cops Bonnie and Clyde: Rural Texas, outside, small towns, cars, motels, Depression, day
  3. 3. Genre Conventions: Presentation Typical Gangster Movie: Focus on people (as opposed to setting), dark and smoky, muted colors Bonnie and Clyde: Day, earthy colors, shots of landscapes, closeups, quick editing, jump cuts, “foggy mountain breakdown” music, humor
  4. 4. Genre Conventions: Character Types Typical Gangster Movie: Godfather, mother, trigger happy guy, new guy to gang who works his way up, antihero, prostitutes, mob wife, moll/girlfriend, family Bonnie and Clyde: Couple, family, antihero, outlaws
  5. 5. Genre Conventions: Stars Typical Gangster Movie: Bonnie and Clyde:
  6. 6. Genre Conventions: Story Formula Typical Gangster Movie: Rags  Riches  Destruction Bonnie and Clyde: Rags  Better Rags  Destruction
  7. 7. Genre Conventions: Conflicts Addressed Typical Gangster Movie: • Rule of law vs. survival of the fittest • Due process vs. taking the law into your own hands • Gangsters vs. cops • Gangsters vs. gangsters Bonnie and Clyde: • Rebellion vs. authority • Bonnie vs. Blanche
  8. 8. Genre Conventions: Themes Typical Gangster Movie: Success, power & corruption, greed, loyalty, crime doesn’t pay Bonnie and Clyde:
  9. 9. “Social problems are condensed and displaced from the social to the personal.” - Bill Nichols, Engaging Cinema
  10. 10. “The fact that the story is set 35 years ago doesn't mean a thing. It had to be set sometime. But it was made now and it's about us.” - Roger Ebert (1967)
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