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.
And yet, BONNIE AND CLYDE remains remarkably timeless in its double-edged view of ordinary folks who achieve extraordinary notoriety—who romanticize themselves as outlaws, even revolutionaries—but remain as banal and smaller-than-life as a stereotypical dysfunctional family.
Buster is an eccentric mountain man on the run from the authorities. Surviving the winter by breaking into empty vacation homes in a remote community, he is haunted by memories of his former life as a family man. “Buster” was once Jonah, a hard-working husband and father whose job as the night-shift concierge at a hotel took its toll on his mood and, consequently, his marriage—until a chance encounter with a conspiracy-obsessed drifter changed the course of his life forever. BUSTER'S MAL HEART is a mind-bending mystery that will keep you pondering long after it turns your world upside down.
CAMELOT chronicles the legend of King Arthur and his tortured love affair with queen Guenevere. Arthur’s bliss at his arranged marriage to the lovely Guenevere prompts him to establish the Knights of the Round Table, a lofty order of chivalry in which all the member knights are bound by a desire to help the oppressed, keeping faith with trust and honor. The dashing and stalwart Sir Lancelot joins the Knights Round Table and soon finds himself enraptured by the lovely Guinevere. When Arthur’s illegitimate son, Mordred, reappears in the kingdom and outs the secret lovers, Arthur finds himself trapped by his own rules into taking action against his wife and closest friend. Joshua Logan directs this lavish version of the successful Broadway musical production.
Filmmakers often have lofty goals when they set out to make a film or documentary around a specific conversation issue, sometimes assuming that just shining a light on the subject is enough. But what does it really take to reach an audience in such a way that people will watch your film, and then take action to make an impact and create real change? Panelists will discuss successful strategies used to engage audiences, and how to get them to respond to media in a way that can truly change the world.
Oh, that magic moment when you pushed two buttons–record and play–enabling you to record whatever you liked: top 40 songs for your beau, potential hits for your future record deal and messages for family overseas. The compact cassette helped democratize music in the 1970s and is now experiencing an unexpected revival. Philips staffer Lou Otten, generally viewed as the medium’s inventor, talks about its development and global success. The spaces between Otten’s understated anecdotes and current fans’ enthusiasm is fabulously filled by excerpts from the warm sound of tapes from back in the day.
It’s not easy being the coach of the Ice Queens, Finland’s worst cheerleading team. Determined to start her girls on the path to success, Miia travels from the Arctic Circle to Texas–including a stop in Dallas–to observe the sport’s world champions and replicate their methods back home. But this is no real-life BRING IT ON, Miia and her cheerleaders have matters to contend with that are decidedly more serious than mastering a routine, as revealed in Director Christy Garland’s sensitive portrait of identity and belonging.