"They're young...they're in love...and they kill people"

When the film Bonnie and Clyde premiered in 1967, it was considered by some contemporary viewers as a groundbreaking portrayal of sex, gender, violence, and an anti-establishment sentiment which was becoming more mainstream in popular culture as the country became more entrenched in the Vietnam War and some other things about this time. Other viewers criticized the film for glamorizing violence, its revisionist perspective of the Barrow Gang's activities, and its historical inaccuracies. This mixed reaction was especially strong in North Texas where much of the film was shot and where people had actually lived through the gang's crime spree.

Although many locals participated as extras or were let out of school and work to observe the filming when the crews came to small towns like Lavon, Ponder, Pilot Point, Venus, and Midlothian during October through December 1966 and many of these same people lined up to see their neighbors on screen at the September 1967 Southwest Premiere in Denton Texas , the actual local reception to the film and its depiction of this region is contested and open to further interpretation. 

 
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NEWSPAPER COVERAGE

The film's production and premier are extensively documented in local newspapers including the Denton Record Chronicle, The PIlot Point Signal, and UNT"s The Campus Chat.  What are some questions we might ask about this collection and these sources?

 

television coverage

The film premiere in Denton, Texas was broadcast on KXAS (now NBC 5), broadcasting out of Fort Worth on September 13, 1967. What are some questions we might ask about these sources?