The Killing of a Chinese Bookie
+ intro by film programmer Jo Duncombe
The proprietor of a failing LA strip-and-cabaret joint places some very risky bets…
Dir John Cassavetes
With Ben Gazzara, Timothy Carey, Seymour Cassel
Cassavetes’ characteristically low-key, ramblingly realist variation on film noir centres on the proprietor (Gazzara) of a failing LA strip-and-cabaret joint; already accustomed to debt, he little realises what he’s let himself in for when he gambles at poker… Never one to glamorise or be constrained by genre, Cassavetes delivers an authentically seedy depiction of club culture and the Mob.
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