Hailed by critic Roger Ebert as a milestone in the history of American movies, a work of truth and brilliance, Warner Bros' groundbreaking gangster saga Bonnie and Clyde disrupted Hollywood on its release in 1967, redefining and romanticising the gangster genre and inspiring a surge in graphic violence and sexuality on screen. Produced by and starring Warren Beatty as Clyde Barrow alongside newcomer Faye Dunaway in her breakthrough role as Bonnie Parker, the film was a fictionalised account of the tragic rise and fall of the infamous 1930s outlaw couple. With the tag-line They're young... they're in love... and they kill people, the film caused controversy on first release for glamourising violence, making little impact on the box office until it was re-released a few months later following critical acclaim as a harbinger of the New Cinema and became a huge popular and commercial success, racking up ten Academy Award nominations including Best Picture and Best Director for Arthur Penn. Like The Graduate, which was released the same year, the landmark film and its reckless young anti-heroes touched a chord with the disenfranchised American youth of the late 1960s. Although re-working and colourising the same design elements, this B2 poster for the first Japanese release is in our opinion far superior to the US campaign posters, hinting at the film's brutally violent ending with its glass-shattering bullet holes.
Very good (B+)
Unfolded, not backed. Nicks and creases to corners and edges. Creasing extending from upper and left edges and along two light partial folds from being lightly and partially tri-folded with other posters at one time. Image and colours otherwise excellent.