50 stiffs in 2010: arthur penn
October 1, 2010, 6:40 pm
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arthur penn, american film and stage director. born: philidelphia (1922 – 2010)

arthur penn died at 88 one day after his birthday. while not a prolific director, he did manage to make the ever popular, but rather mundane film, “the diary of anne frank” (1962).

his real fame came with “bonnie and clyde” (1967) with warren beatty and faye dunaway. the film, though a rather romantic view of the real life bank robbing duo, shook the country with the shear brutality of its ending sequence, where both bonnie and clyde are killed in a slow motion hail of bullets and buckets of blood. it was a masterful piece of work, but penn was forever blamed for the overt violence that quickly permeated american film.


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it seems simplistic to blame one director for the blood bath that is modern american cinema.

is he related to that pissant, Sean?

Comment by e

you mean the actor once famously know as mr. madonna? no.

Comment by pictomat

so sad that this director’s great movie is blamed for all of man’s violent behavior portrayed in movies today. i was only 10 or 11 yrs old when i saw this movie at the drive-in with my mom and brother. i remember how intrigued i was of that scene. i was amazed even at that age, how the scene was put together, how it completed the film. i didn’t look at it as just gross (not gross at all in fact), i saw it as a finale(much like a prolonged final sequence at the end of an opera)to the violent and troubled lives that Bonnie and Clyde lived. perhaps I was just a warped child…

Comment by pat

pat, i think you hit the nail on the head. wanna start writing “50 great movies” column with me. yup, i do believed you were most probably a warped child. all, the reason for me to think you are capable of handling the reviews.

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