A Look At The Moss, Father/Son Relationship In Bonnie And Clyde



Penn's Bonnie and Clyde, is looked at as a movie which is visually
stunting. Grotesque killing and loud gun fights are the primary reason
people remember this movie. But when Penn made this movie, he wanted more
than a shoot ‘em up action movie. He strived for something with more beef,
something that we could sink our teeth into, to love and to hate someone at
the same time. The relationship that I am most interested in, and will
address in this paper, is the relationship of C.W. Moss and his father,
which is brought to life predominantly in two scenes. The first starts when
C. W. pulls into his fathers driveway in the country. The second, is a
scene that starts on the porch of his ...

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attention to detail.
The dominating relationship is very apparent through the eye of the
camera. In cinematography, the camera can be used to show a number of
things to the viewer that we wouldn't notice in real life. Closeups of
hands under a sink, or a birds eye view of a gun fight. These are ways of
manipulating the camera to make the viewer feel how the director wishes
them to feel. In the 2 scenes which I am analyzing, Penn, uses these
techniques to show the distribution of power, in the Moss relationship.
The distance of the camera from it's subject plays a crucial role
in presenting the level of power a character has to the audience. The first
shot, in the first scene that begins the relationship, is a long shot. The
shot contains the front porch, the car and the two characters. The father
is framed so that he is taller than C.W. right off. This is the first clue
to the father's domination. The next shot that demonstrates the
distribution of power is the close up of the ...

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the camera gets to C.W., it is always closer to the
father.
The angle of the camera also plays a big role in the exhibition of
power. Throughout the whole scene, the father's head appears above C.W.'s.
Examples of this can be drawn from the whole seen. The shots which stand
out the most are, when the father greets the arriving son from the porch,
and the low angle shot taken form off the porch, when C.W. gets up form his
swing and walks to his father. Even though C.W. is standing, his father
still appears dominant because of the low angle, plus he is closer to the
camera. The most powerful camera angles are the shots used in the kitchen.
The camera is off to the side of both the actors, ...

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