The opening film for the 2017 Dallas International Film Festival was the classic Bonnie and Clyde. Faye Dunaway was in attendance for a Q & A after the screening. They chose this film because it was the 40th anniversary of its original release and most of the filming took place in various parts of Texas. Nominated for 10 Academy Awards, they walked away with two. Estelle Parsons won the Best Supporting Actress award for her role as Blanche and Best Cinematography, Burnett Guffey. Dunaway and Warren Beatty are at their most beautiful is this tale of two psychopaths. Two people trying to get out of their small town, small lives and just want to be famous. Unfortunately, that sounds just a little too familiar, makes me just a little grateful for social media. I was never really sure if they were really in love or just loved the fame and the adrenaline.
Netflix released The Highwaymen on March 29th. This is the story of two former Texas Rangers who finally stopped Bonnie and Clyde. Frank Hamer (Kevin Costner) and Manny Gault (Woody Harrelson, Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri), are asked to hunt the dangerous duo after the infamous Eastham breakout. Sidebar – Denise’s son made his first run as an EMT to Eastham Prison. Kathy Bates (On the Basis of Sex) is Ma Ferguson, though reportedly corrupt, the governor of Texas. Kim Dickens (Glady Johnson Sims Hamer) is the embodiment of a strong, Texas wife.
This story is told completely from the perspectives of Hamer & Gault. Bonnie and Clyde are barely on screen until their deaths. These two films compliment each other for a more complete story.
As awful as the duo were, they were adored by many. Women did their hair and dressed like Bonnie. Fascinated by their Robin Hood persona’s (only robbing banks, not individuals), they were often allowed to move freely. Many people were distraught when they learned of their deaths and tried desperately to obtain a souvenir. Thousands came to the Belo Mansion on Ross Avenue to view Clyde Barrow’s body.