The analysis to the sixties is correct, especially in the era of anti-establishment movement colliding head-on with the peace and love Age of Aquarius, these two constructs are pretty firmly colliding here; and you can easily get the sense that these characters maybe were born in the wrong time period. There's one famous scene I love, where Clyde is almost killed during a robbery, and after a getaway car, he wonders aloud, why would they kill him? I've got nothing against him, I'm just taking the money?, making a clear distinction between him robbing other people and him robbing the bank, even though such a distinction is actually quite faulty, but whatever. The film suggests that if Bonnie & Clyde weren’t bank robbers, they probably would’ve been hippies similar to the ones in “Hair”. They were well-known bank robbers, and celebrities to a certain extent. Bonnie Parker wrote poetry and submitted it to newspapers and magazines, they had a camera and took photos of themselves and others. The movie itself is partially responsible for creating a subgenre of celebrity criminal films, about how the public and the press become fascinated by outlaws, such as “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” “Dog Day Afternoon,” “Network,” and even Steven Speilberg’s first film “The Sugarland Express”. When they become famous,
The brutally violent ending almost plays comical now, but was considered shocking originally, not just for the shear amount of violence, but just for the fact that most of it occurred in daytime. Yes, they did get slaughtered in the middle of the day, but it still was shocking. Actually, the accuracy of the real Barrow gang and characters greatly differ from the actual film, although some of the more absurd aspects in the film were more accurate than you’d imagine. Bonnie and
It’s a seminal film that redefines what an American movie can show, and how a story can be told. Arguably it's importance in film might overshadow just how good the film is, but let's not forget how great a masterpiece it is. For movies are as distinctive as "Bonnie and Clyde", and most every movie that is, probably stole from it.