Magazine December 31, 2017, Issue

Bonnie and Clyde at 50

Gene Hackman, Warren Beatty, and Faye Dunaway in Bonnie and Clyde (1967) (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Inc.)

There are many ways to make a gangster movie. Francis Ford Coppola puffed up the genre to operatic proportions in The Godfather (1972) and its 1974 sequel, an approach subsequently adopted by Brian De Palma in Scarface (1983) and Sergio Leone in Once Upon a Time in America (1984). Earlier directors — such as Raoul Walsh in White Heat (1949) or Joseph H. Lewis in Gun Crazy (1950) — instead saw stories of lawlessness primarily as opportunities to present action on screen: Having a couple make a quick exit from a hold-up the way John Dall and Peggy Cummins do

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Peter Tonguette — Mr. Tonguette writes about the arts for the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Examiner, The American Conservative, and other publications.

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