2017 Dallas International Film Festival Opening Night: Bonnie and Clyde

Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty in Bonnie and Clyde (1967).

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There's a long tradition of Hollywood dramas about lovers on the run who turn to crime—and, in the process, turn each other on—only to wind up being force-fed just desserts. But director Arthur Penn and screenwriters Robert Benton and David Newton were among the first post-modernist filmmakers to view such desperados as neither cunningly sinister nor tragically misguided, but rather as absurdly self-deluded. In the world according to their 1967 classic, Bonnie Parker (Faye Dunaway) and Clyde Barrow (Warren Beatty) turn to crime primarily because there's nothing else to do to dispel the soul-dimming boredom of small-town life in Depression Era Texas. The movie vividly details the couple’s evolution from impulsive amateurs to fugitive killers—even after 50 years, the violent sequences still pack a potent punch—while firmly placing them in the context of their time, giving the audience a strong sense of the fear, loathing and star-worship they inspired among their contemporaries.

$35 for the Film Screening
$85 for Film Screening and Opening Night Gala featuring an appearance by Faye Dunaway, who will receive the festival's Dallas Star Award.
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