Chauvel Double Feature –
Badlands + Bonnie & Clyde
Each month at Chauvel we handpick a double feature presentation we know you’ll love. For June, we present two masterpieces of American cinema that continue to reverberate through filmmaking decades later, Badlands + Bonnie & Clyde (M).
The hypnotic Badlands starts our afternoon, Terrence Malick’s debut is a masterful slice of the American psyche, rife with the visual poetry and measured performances that would come to characterise his work, and later serve as an influence on the Tarantino + Tony Scott collaboration True Romance.
We follow on with Warren Beaty’s Bonnie & Clyde, a paradigm-shifting classic which caused major controversy upon its release by redefining violence in cinema and casting its criminal protagonists as sympathetic anti-heroes. The film would later be hailed as the leading influence for the golden age of filmmaking in the 1970s (which of course includes Badlands!).
$18.00 Palace Movie Club (Max 2)
$23.00 General Admission.
Dates, Locations & Tickets
“He wanted to die with me and I dreamed of being lost forever in his arms.” A young couple goes on a Midwest crime spree in Terrence Malick’s hypnotically assured debut feature, based on the 1950s Starkweather-Fugate murders and starring an impossibly good looking Martin Sheen and mesmerising Sissy Spacek. Made for under 500,000 dollars, Badlands debuted at the 1973 New York Film Festival, along with Martin Scorsese’s Mean Streets, and was released within months of two other outlaw-couple road movies, Steven Spielberg’s The Sugarland Express and Robert Altman’s Thieves Like Us. Although Badlands did not make an impression at the box office, its pictorial splendour and cool yet disquieting narrative established Malick as one of the most compelling artists to come out of early-’70s Hollywood.
Bonnie & Clyde
Producer/star Warren Beatty had to convince Warner Bros. to finance this film, which went on to become the studio’s second-highest grossing that made stars out of Beatty and Dunaway. Its portrayal of Bonnie and Clyde as rebels who empathised with the working class of the 1930s struck a chord with the counterculture of the 1960s and helped generate a new, young audience for American movies that carried over into Hollywood’s renewal of the 1970s. Its combination of sex and violence with dynamic stars, social relevance, a traditional Hollywood genre, and an appeal to hip young audiences set the pace for many American movies to come.