The New York Times reviews Pictures at a Revolution, a look back 40 years in film history:
In the same year and even on the same planet, five crazily diverse films became nominees for the Academy Award for best picture in 1967. At its April 1968 ceremony the academy chose among an instant-classic vision of the brand new Generation Gap (“The Graduate”), a painfully dated Hollywood dinosaur (“Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner”), a fierily innovative, mythic outlaw tale (“Bonnie and Clyde”), a walking lecture on racial prejudice (“In the Heat of the Night”) and a budget-busting musical full of animals (“Dr. Dolittle”). The last of these, stinker that it was, appropriately had to be filmed on sets with drains patrolled by workers wielding brooms.
And when the flirtation of “Bonnie and Clyde” with New Wave directors brought Mr. Truffaut and his friend Jean-Luc Godard together for a screening of a crime-spree film from the late ’40s, Mr. Benton remembers thinking he was as close to heaven on earth as he would ever be.
“He now believes I was right?” Warren Beatty, the film’s star and producer, asks Mr. Harris about Arthur Penn, who directed “Bonnie and Clyde.” “That’s funny, because I now believe I was wrong.”