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Double Feature: "Bonnie and Clyde" and "The Godfather Part II"

Double Feature: "Bonnie and Clyde" and "The Godfather Part II"
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

Bing Theater
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles

Costume designers, like so many other great talents of the film industry, are often associated with one particular kind of film, but the Academy’s new Saturday series demonstrates the remarkable creative range of many of film’s top designers over the decades. In conjunction with our Hollywood Costume exhibition, in January we will begin our series with four double features pairing impressive and varied achievements by designers working in all genres of the cinema.

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Theadora Van Runkle helped start a fashion trend with her stylish clothing for Bonnie and Clyde, and evocatively took the Corleone family from turn-of-the-century lower Manhattan to 1950s America and Cuba with her masterful work on The Godfather Part II, earning Oscar nominations for both films. 

Bonnie and Clyde

Two great cinematic traditions – the American gangster epic and the French New Wave – collide to classic effect in this daring look at the famous outlaw couple. Leading man Warren Beatty made his debut as a film producer with this Arthur Penn-directed film, written by David Newman and Robert Benton, and made an unforgettable onscreen pair with the ravishing Faye Dunaway in her breakout performance. Both stars are at their most glamorous in Theadora Van Runkle’s trend-setting costumes. Nominated for 10 Academy Awards and winning for Supporting Actress (Estelle Parsons) and Cinematography (Burnett Guffey), Bonnie and Clyde heralded a new era of American filmmaking. 

Print courtesy of the ConstellationCenter Collection at the Academy Film Archive.

1967, 111 minutes, color, 35mm | Directed by Arthur Penn; written by David Newman, Robert Benton; with Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, Michael J. Pollard, Gene Hackman, Estelle Parsons, Denver Pyle, Dub Taylor, Evans Evans, Gene Wilder.



Francis Ford Coppola and his cast and crew achieved the almost impossible with this Best Picture winner from 1974 – a sequel to a classic that matched, and arguably even surpassed, the original. Coppola and novelist/screenwriter Mario Puzo explore the tragic criminal destiny of the Corleone family in two intertwining time frames. In the late 1950s, Michael (a terrifically subtle but intense Al Pacino) finds conflict both inside his family – including unhappy wife Kay (Diane Keaton) and resentful brother Fredo (the unforgettable John Cazale) – and outside, in the form of elderly mobster Hyman Roth (theater legend Lee Strasberg). We also see how the young Vito Corleone (Robert De Niro in an Oscar-winning, Italian-language performance) began his life of crime as an immigrant in turn-of-the-century Manhattan. Theadora Van Runkle’s costumes and Dean Tavoularis’s Oscar-winning production design combine to create an engrossing, dynamic look at two American generations.

1974, 200 minutes, color, 35mm | Directed by Francis Ford Coppola; written by Coppola, Mario Puzo, based on the novel The Godfather by Puzo; with Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Robert De Niro, John Cazale, Talia Shire, Lee Strasberg, Michael V. Gazzo.


The Godfather, Part II (1974)