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Big screen classics

The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

The proprietor of a failing LA strip-and-cabaret joint places some very risky bets…

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USA 1976
Dir John Cassavetes
With Ben Gazzara, Timothy Carey, Seymour Cassel
109min
Digital
Certificate 15

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.

Also available on BFI Player

The screening on Wednesday 11 April will be introduced by film programmer Jo Duncombe.


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