Graphicviolence and women in `Bonnieand Clyde`and `TaxiDriver`films
Inthe late 60’s, the film industry was catalyzed by significantfactors that led to the development of a new landscape in cinema. Theperiod was highly characterized and influenced by societal issuesthat were reflected in the films produced at the time. The discussionon the topic will explore the depiction of graphic violence and womenin `Bonnieand Clyde`and `TaxiDriver`films, to illustrate its effectiveness in making them unique filmsthat changed the landscape of cinema.
InBonnieand Clyde filmfor instance violence and crime is depicted as an effective tool ofproviding escape. The character presented as Bonnie, a waiter in asmall town, is introduced to Clyde who is obviously dangerous and acriminal. She later grasps, Clyde’s gun in a delicate and sexualmanner to demonstrate her youthful desire of joining forces in theadventures of breaking and running away from the law (digital.lib 1).Therefore, crime and violence here provides her an escape from hermundane less stimulating life.
Onthe other hand, in the TaxiDriver film,violence is used as a tool of attaining freedom. This is demonstratedby Jodi, a prostitute who is desperate to free herself from herviolent man and games. This lady is assisted by the main charactercalled Travis who himself is unhappy, unstable and is in totaldisharmony with the existing social and political establishments.Travis assists the prostitute by murdering the man who was promotinggender violence and male chauvinism (Brightlight.com 1). Through thisviolent murder, both Travis and the prostitute achieve freedom fromthe unpleasant social establishments.
Thewomen have been over sexualized through the character of Bonnie inBonnieand Clyde film.This female character is introduced to Clyde when she was nude. Inaddition, she is depicted trying to get Clyde’s further attentionthrough the manner that she suggestively drinks coke from the bottle(digital.lib 1). To over sexualize women in this film, the audienceis made aware that the only way through which Bonnie can get theman’s attention, is by presenting herself in sexual or suggestivemanner.
Onthe other hand, in the TaxiDriver film,women have been presented as sexual objects. There is a high degreeof gender bias against women as depicted through the characters ofBetsy and Jodi, the prostitute. Betsy works as volunteer in a certainpresidential campaign in the film where she met and liked Travis.However, on their first date, Travis decided to take her to a pornmovie (Brightlight.com 1). This depicts his utmost desire of havingsex with Betsy instead of a relationship. On the other hand, Jodi isa disturbed character who is often sexually abused by her man.
Thereis new a new sense of social development as far as women roles areconcerned in TaxiDriver film.On previous films during that time, women were rarely givensignificant roles during filming (Chapter7 164). They were normallypreserved for characters such as a dutiful wife or a child in a film.However, here in this film, the audience is introduced to a characterthat is called Betsy and is having political ambitions. On the otherhand, she is depicted constantly denying Travis advances after hedisrespected her on the first date.
Bonnieand Clyde filmprovides a new wave of excitement to women, violence and popularcrime culture (Chapter10 283). Formerly, that was a strict reservefor men in the society and women were seen breaking lesser laws suchas adultery. Bonnie is presented as a character that is a woman andis wild with excitement for the thrill that crime presents her.
Theseboth films have successfully utilized new approaches away from theexisting ones by the way they depict graphic violence and women.These new approaches made these movies unique due to the fact theysought to get new perception and definition of violence and womenfrom the audience.
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