I have a personal interest in Bonnie and Clyde

Published: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 03:30 PM.

A few days from now, three networks are rolling out a re-re-re-make of “Bonnie & Clyde.” My triple repeat reference isn’t meant pejorative, but simply noting that this isn’t the story’s first cinema rodeo by a long shot.

I’ll watch and enjoy. I’m fond of good “shoot’em up” tales, and this one produces clouds of gun smoke.

My interest in this particular pair of infamous criminals is layered. First and foremost, it’s real history that wonderfully parallels our tastes for “good conquers evil” storylines.

That’s why western heroes have such deep universal appeal. Virtually all successful movies regardless of genre apply that same formula.

Even cartoons use the recipe. What American cheers for Wiley Coyote?

Bonnie and Clyde’s story feeds ageless appetites, although this most recent production will contain a hefty measure of pure imaginative spice flavoring it to contemporary political tastes. But notwithstanding factual lapses, at the bottom of the bowl will be hard bones of fact.

My second layer of interest resides in my father. Bonne and Clyde were ambushed by the law southeast of Texarkana, Texas, where my father and his brother lived, and where I was to be born seven years later.

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