Bonnie and Clyde

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Bonnie and Clyde were two famous criminals during the twenties…..

Bonnie Parker was born in 1910 in Texas, after the father’s death when she was four years old, she went in Dallas. She was a good pupil, she won a writing price and Bonnie write lot of poems like « the story of Bonnie and Clyde ». she was married to a criminal and she has not seen since 1929. Bonnie meets Clyde in 1930.

Clyde Barrow was born in 1910 in West Dallas, in a caravan then when his father earn more money, he lives in tent with his five brothers and sisters. when his young, he already a wrongdoer with his little brother Marvin  « Buck » who died in 1933 shot by a policeman. Clyde was arrest in 1926, 1928, 1929.

Bonnie and Clyde met in 1930 at friend’s home. Clyde go to jail a few time after this meeting and he commit his first murder on his co-prisoner who commit sexual aggression on Clyde. In 1932 he found a criminal organisation. After the death Two young policeman, shot by Clyde in 1934 the FBI  of five states increase their search. The officer find a road where clyde must pass, and they ambush the Clyde’s car and kill the couple in May 23rd 1934

The people saw Bonnie and Clyde as heroes, no as a criminal because during the twenties it’s a depression, and people in US hasn’t got a job or money. they are seen as « Robin hood » because, for people, they fight against the power of money. For Bonnie and Clyde there is the love which make it famous.

 Bonnie poem : « the story of Bonnie and Clyde »

I’m sure you all have read

How they rob and steal

And those who squeal
Are usually found dying or dead.There’s lots of untruths to these write-ups;
They’re not so ruthless as that;
Their nature is raw;
They hate all the law
The stool pigeons, spotters, and rats.They call them cold-blooded killers;
They say they are heartless and mean;
But I say this with pride,
That I once knew Clyde
When he was honest and upright and clean.But the laws fooled around,
Kept taking him down
And locking him up in a cell,
Till he said to me,
« I’ll never be free,
So I’ll meet a few of them in hell. »The road was so dimly lighted;
There were no highway signs to guide;
But they made up their minds
If all roads were blind,
They wouldn’t give up till they died.The road gets dimmer and dimmer;
Sometimes you can hardly see;
But it’s fight, man to man,
And do all you can,
For they know they can never be free.From heart-break some people have suffered;
From weariness some people have died;
But take it all in all,
Our troubles are small
Till we get like Bonnie and Clyde.If a policeman is killed in Dallas,
And they have no clue or guide;
If they can’t find a fiend,
They just wipe their slate clean
And hand it on Bonnie and Clyde.There’s two crimes committed in America
Not accredited to the Barrow mob;
They had no hand
In the kidnap demand,
Nor the Kansas City depot job.A newsboy once said to his buddy;
« I wish old Clyde would get jumped;
In these awful hard times
We’d make a few dimes
If five or six cops would get bumped. »The police haven’t got the report yet,
But Clyde called me up today;
He said, « Don’t start any fights
We aren’t working nights
We’re joining the NRA. »From Irving to West Dallas viaduct
Is known as the Great Divide,
Where the women are kin,
And the men are men,
And they won’t « stool » on Bonnie and Clyde.If they try to act like citizens
And rent them a nice little flat,
About the third night
They’re invited to fight
By a sub-gun’s rat-tat-tat.They don’t think they’re too tough or desperate,
They know that the law always wins;
They’ve been shot at before,
But they do not ignore
That death is the wages of sin.Some day they’ll go down together;
And they’ll bury them side by side;
To few it’ll be grief
To the law a relief
But it’s death for Bonnie and Clyde.

The Leftovers

The Leftovers is an American novel published in 2013 by Tom Perrotta and which knows a TV adaptation in Canada on HBO.

The story begins in Mapleton, in october 14th, a little American town three years after the the « Rapture ». The « Rapturet » the disappearance of people on the earth, about two percent. And the title of this novel shows the interest for « the leftovers », those still present.

The novel are focused on the Garvey’s, who are spared by the « Rapture,  and follow their reaction about the « Ravissement ». All have a different reaction, the mother, Laurie, adheres to a sect « Guilty Survivors » who fight against the forget and who doing a vow of silence. Tom, the son, leave his college to rejoin a mystical sect for « save the world ». Jill , his sister, go astray from High School and sink alcohol and drugs. Kevin, the father, search a means to have a normal life, he become mayor and he must to manage the problems of « Rapture ».

All seek to understand and question on the reason of the ‘Rapture ». how survive with the guilt of being a survivor ? Why them and not me ? How continue to live ? The psychological novel show the human mechanism to fight against the unacceptable. we follow the characters with their personality and how they face up to these events.

The atmosphere of the novel is heavy and oppressive, the psychology of the characters are very realistic, even if this novel there aren’t much action, it’s a good psychological novel.

The TV adaptation are co-written by Tom Perrotta, the main character is Justin Theroux (The Father) and Amy Brenneman (the mother). The adaptation is a success, and loyal to the novel.

Fury

Fury is an American and Chinese film directed by David Ayer, in october 2014. the principal actor is Brad Pitt, Shia Laboeuf, Logan Lerman, Michael  Pe???n?a and Jon bernthal.

The fillm takes place in Germany, in april 1945 at the end of World War II. during the film we follow, a tank team appointed « Fury », with a new young gunner (Logan Lerman) because his predecessor is dead, during the last mission. Then « Fury » was deployed with four other tanks to progress in Nazi’s lines. But after a fight with an German tank, they find alone. Afterwards they stop by a mine while an SS army make for them. they decided to fight against them in their tank.

The surroundings are very different of traditional war’s films. This film gives a real submersion in the tank and shows the Americans troops’ state of mind, the lack of staff and the oldest tank compared to the German « tiger ». The story are inspired of a real tank appointed Fury which storm German army. The actors meet tanks’ veterans and they follow a training in a military training centrer during some weeks.

To finish Steven price is the author of soundtrack which is wonderful and oppressive. he composed Gravity’s soundtrack too.

Treasure Island

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson is a british novel published in 1883. This novel are intended for children but is interesting because it reminds the voyage and return stories, but this novel is qualified like a coming of age story.

the plot is very simple Jim the main character is a young boy (15-17 years old) and he lives in a inn. One day a pirate at inn receives an black spot, and among pirate it means that it will soon die. After few days the pirate dies and Jim with his mother find a key on the pirate’s body. in his bedroom they find a safe. Inside the safe there a map which shows a treasure island. And Jim decided to go on the ship at the search of the treasure.

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

I want to talk about Fahrenheit 451, written by Ray Bradbury, a american, in 1953, because is a dystopia like 1984 or O Brave New World. the title of the book refer to the auto-inflammation of paper.

the story follow Guy Montag a firefighter, one day he meet a different young girl, she tells him who are observer. At home he finds his wife on your bed, unconscious. He continues to meet the young girl Clarisse.

during one mission on a house with lot of books. Montag steals a book and the owner refuse to quit her house and she burns with her books. At home he explains the situation and his wife doesn’t understand. The tomorrow he refuses to work and his captain come and explains the problem of the literature on the society and the books must be destroy…

in this book people have a cult of violence people are dehumanized.

The book was awarded the Hugo Award for Best Novels and was adapted in 1966 by François Truffaut.

I robot

« I robot » is a SIFI american movie directed by Alex Proyas in 2004 inspired by Isaac Asimov’s  short stories (« the caves of steel » « I robot » and « Robot dreams »). The title is a same of Asimov’s short story  even if the screenplay are remote of the original stories.

In 2035, the robot are implanted in the society. One day, Alfred Lanning a co-founder of the central computer of the US a « roboticist »,  commits suicide. The robots cannot kill a human because they obey at « the three laws of robotics » (a famous laws by Asimov). But the policeman Del Spooner (Will Smith) doesn’t believe in suicide. During the investigation he meets a robotpsychologist » Susan Calvin (Bridget Moynahan) and VIKI, the central computer. Del realizes that it’s maybe a robot who killed Alfed Lanning…

This film has à numerous references like the « anthropomorphism » : it’s a will to create the robots who look like a humans, That is denunciate  by Del. And the traduction of the title « I Robot » (moi, un robot) as if the robot had a self-awareness..

The Great Gatsby by Francis Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby  was published in april 1925. this novel talk about since Nick Carraway Gatsby’s neighbor who will discover a terrible secret on Jay Gatsby just before go at the party at Gatsby’s home.

But I would like talk about the critics on this book because when he published, this novel was very critiqued and few month ago he was retired. Some people believe in the real talent of Fitzerald but not enough. The 1934 reissue has the same effect. This book find a success in the 50’s, ten years after the Francis Scott Fitzerald’s death. And now this novel used in college and university. It’s a good revenge even if he didn’t know…

the breakfast club

The breakfast club is an american film directed by John Hugues in 1985, this film joined to five teenagers very different who are got a detention in school on saturday. There are « the basket case » , the athlete, the brain , the criminal and the prom queen

During the detention, their professor, play by Paul Gleason, give them an essay « Who do you think be ? ». The adolescents will learn to know between them despite their differences.

it’s a very good film which lot of teenagers can identify to film’s adolescents. The budget for this film is one million dollars but the profit of the film is fifty one million dollars.

PS: the soundtrack is wonderful with Simple minds.

Easy Rider

In the unit 3, we saw an extract of Easy Rider. It’s an american road movie directed by Dennis Hopper in 1969. the two main characters are Wyatt (Peter Fonda) et Billy (Dennis Hopper). this film show the evolution of mentality in the 70′

At the beginning, Wyatt and Billy sell a large amount of drug and buy their motorbikes, they decide to leave Los Angeles to go to New-Orleans at the carnival. Billy puncture his tire and they stop in the farm. Then they continue with a hippie hitchhiker who drive to an hippie town. they stay some days and wyatt helps to plant a cereal and  the hippie tell « a simple food for our simple taste », this crue show a lifestyle of these people.

Later the pair enter in a parade in a small town and they are arrest by racist policemen who send them to the jail. They meet Georges Hanson (Jack Nicholson) a drunk lawyer. George helps them get out of jail and he hits the road with Wyatt and Billy to New-Orleans. One night while they come in the restaurant in the small town in Louisiana, Wyatt, Billy and George attract attention of policeman and an habitant who make fun of trio, make racist and homophobic remarks. The girls ( sixteen years old about) in the restaurant wants meet the riders but the policeman forbidden them. Georges observes that Americans talk a lot about the value of freedom, but are actually afraid of anyone who truly exhibits it. he tell « This used to be a hell of a good country. I can’t understand what’s gone wrong with it » he don’t understand the actual mentality. During the night the men find the trio asleep and hit them with the bat and they kill Georges.

When they arrived in New-Orleans  the bikers meet two prostitutes whom swallow a LSD pill in the cemetery (during the shot they swallow a true LSD pill), this experience is shot with psychedelic approach. It’s the end of his trip but Wyatt want continue to Florida, on the road two rednecks see the riders and when they arrive level with them, the local shoot billy with a fusil and he fall on the side. Wyatt turns around and put his jacket on his hurt friend. the pickup turn around and when they pass near Wyatt, a redneck shoot on the gas tank and he causing it instantly explosion of the bike. This film ends on this scene when wyatt and Billy are apparently dead.

this road movie won the first film award in 1969 at the Cannes film festival. I enjoyed the soundtack of this film and I like to the look bring this film on the hippie and bikers. this morality is that the people are jealous of people who are very free.

the first adaptation of Alice in Wonderland

It’s a 1903 british silent movie directed by Cecil Hepworth, it’s first adaptation of Lewis Carrol’s book. I enjoyed this movie event if it was damaged, the special effect were realistic for the time. In this movie only recognizes the best time of children’s book. 

when Alice dream who follows the rabbit in many doors, when she come in the garden and play with dog, the height effect with the dog are excellent. We also seen the royal procession where the queen invite Alice. She unintentional offends the queen and in the confusion she wakes up.

the duration of this movie is eight minutes which is short but for the time is exceptional. I crazy about of this old film