Violence in American Cinema

May 22nd, 2010

After reading Bernstein’s article, “Perfecting the New Gangster: Writing Bonnie and Clyde”, I thought about Hitchcock’s career and how he was a big influence on the films made in the 1960s and 1970s, as well as the surprising ending of Bonnie and Clyde. Also, I realized how he how his work changed to accommodate the new youth culture that wanted to see something different in cinema that their parents have never seen before, violence. Hitchcock’s early works had extreme levels of suspense and irony but no violence. This all changed with Psycho (1960), which later became one of the most defining films of modern cinema in America. This film went on to influence many filmmakers around the world, including Francois Truffaut, who had a big impact on the screenwriters and the director of Bonnie and Clyde. The shower sequence in Hitchcock’s film forever changed the course of American cinema. The use of violence can be further seen in Hitchcock’s penultimate film, Frenzy. That film is about a serial murder/rapist. I do not think there ever could be a more violent subject matter. Even the scenes where we do not see the violence but are left to imagine what was going can make anyone cringe just as much as the last scene of Bonnie and Clyde.

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