Arthur Penn, Warren Beatty, and Faye Dunaway on the set of "Bonnie and Clyde"

N.p. N.p. 1966. Original oversize, double weight, borderless photograph of director Arthur Penn and actors Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway on location in rural Texas during the shooting of "Bonnie and Clyde" during the fall of 1966. Faye Dunaway is brandishing a pistol while Penn describes a scene and Beatty looks on. Photographed by Lee Johnson for the Gamma agency, with Thompson's rubber stamp on the verso, along with a later stamp for the French press agency V.I.P.

The beginning of the New Hollywood Cinema. Screenwriters Robert Benton and David Newman shopped their script about the notorious 1920s gangsters to every major American studio, then to Francois Truffaut, and then to Jean-Luc Godard, all to absolutely no avail. A young and reckless Warren Beatty, already an established Hollywood bad boy, took an interest and brought on director Arthur Penn and, for a rewrite, screenwriter Robert Towne. According to legend, Beatty begged Jack Warner on bended knee to green light the production, after which the film barely got an initial release. Eventually, due more to studio politics than interest in the film, it received a general release, due mostly to huge political upheavals at Warner Brothers, whereupon it became a box office smash.

In a custom museum-quality frame, archivally mounted, with UV glass. 9.5 x 14 inches. Some faint, shallow creasing at a couple of corners, else bright and quite striking.


[Book #133102]

Price: $2,500.00