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They're young... they're in love... and they kill people.

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Arthur Penn’s 1967 blockbuster Bonnie and Clyde is a stirring view of the infamous outlaw couple, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, from the 1930’s great crime wave. Penn depicts the couple’s wild love affair and how it spurred their crime spree from 1932-34. The couple, seemingly forced by the Great Depression and the lack of opportunities for uneducated young adults, set off stealing cars, robbing banks and stores as they travel through the Midwest and Southwest, living with wealth and fashion. The couple is driven by a desire for material wealth and excitement and is joined by Clyde’s brother and sister in-law Buck and Blanche Barrow as well as a young criminal, C.W. Moss. The group travels through the Great Depression, and Penn beautifully depicts Bonnie and Clyde as not just criminals but teens attempting to live in one of the most trying times in American history. The scenery shows the devastation of the Dust Bowl and the effects of the Depression not only on the criminals, but on the common people who’ve had their houses foreclosed and also are searching for better times.