The Missouri Review Forge, , pp. Bill Brooks's latest novel is a lovely, lighthearted yet sinister piece of "what-if " fiction centering on the possibly most legendary outlaws of the twentieth century—Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow—whose four-year crime spree across the South and Midwest became the stuff of legends, a controversial hit movie and countless books. Unlike most other fictionalized treatments of Bonnie and Clyde's exploits, Brooks's novel focuses mostly on the infamous pair's romantic and sexual relationship rather than on the many robberies and murder sprees they committed, which in this novel serve merely as a backdrop for a tale of star-crossed lovers. Brooks, a popular author of historical and Western genre fiction, weaves this strange love story using simple prose and a straightforward narrative that creates a detailed picture of rural life during the Great Depression—everything from Ford V-8s and secret "blind pig" bathtub-gin parties to "picture shows," pulpy detective magazines and "tourist courts"—the s equivalent of today's Motel 6's, and the Barrow gang's preferred hideout between jobs.
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Through the late s the French New Wave became a pronounced and significant factor in the creation and development of Hollywood films. Such movements had gained popularity through an ability to engage with a younger audience by means of a more youthful focus, by taking advantage of a counter culture brought about by the disillusionment with hierarchy exemplified by protests against the Vietnam War, political assassinations, experimentation with drugs, gay liberation and a rise in sexual freedom. Partly in an attempt to take advantage of this, but also encouraged by favourable taxation on filmmaking prior to , the studios funded young, college educated filmmakers to create youth orientated pictures. Crime becomes not immoral in this era, but a sexualised, exotic rebellion.
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Bonnie and Clyde has also brought the metamorphosis of success to its scenarists, Robert Benton and David Newman. At the time, Benton and Newman were house satirists at Esquire , writing sophomoric advice to college boys like how to fake mononucleosis. The Dillinger Days , a book about crime in the '30s, crossed their desk. The way they like to tell it, a figurative light bulb appeared over their heads when they came to the section on Clyde Barrow. Yelling Thirties Benton and Newman were not the first to see the cinematic potential of Bonnie and Clyde.
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