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7. "Bonnie and Clyde" (Arthur Penn, 1967)
There was a time, many years ago, when this cool, cruel American landmark was my favorite film – and if I've backed off ever so slightly since then, it's probably because I've grown softer than the film has. 1967 has been much scrutinized as a watershed year in US cinema – most thoroughly in Mark Harris's excellent “Pictures at a Revolution” – but after a recent revisit, “Bonnie and Clyde” struck me as even more precocious than its most notable studio contemporaries, anticipating a moral conversation about screen violence, consequence and conflicted heroism that, 45 years on, still hasn't been but to bed. All that, and it's sexy, witty, dirtily romantic and finally moving – the pint-sized me wasn't far off.
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