The Dallas Film Society in conjunction with the Dallas International Film Festival 2017 celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the film Bonnie and Clyde with a special Art of Film award ceremony. Co-screenwriter and Academy Award-winning filmmaker Robert Benton was presented with a Star Award.
Bonnie and Clyde, starring Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty, was controversial in its time due to the violence and glorification of criminals. But the film went on to win several awards, including two Oscars and is a true Hollywood classic.
During the Art of Film gala, guests commented on the significance of the film and the impact it had in Texas. In addition, Dallas Film Commission Director Janis Burklund talked about current projects in North Texas.
I also had the opportunity to interview the legendary actress Faye Dunaway, who played the notorious Bonnie. She discussed her attraction to the character and also the state of women in film in Hollywood today.
In addition, Robert Benton talked about co-writing the screenplay and his passion for telling the more human side of the story.