The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

Friday, April 5
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2hr 15mins // directed by:John Cassavetes // featuring:Ben Gazzara, Timothy Carey, Seymour Cassel // 35mm

John Cassavetes engages with film noir in his own inimitable style with The Killing of a Chinese Bookie.

Ben Gazzara brilliantly portrays a gentleman’s club owner, Cosmo Vitelli, desperately committed to maintaining a facade of suave gentility despite the seediness of his environment and his own unhealthy appetites. When he runs afoul of loan sharks, Cosmo must carry out a terrible crime or lose his way of life. Mesmerizing and idiosyncratic, the film is a provocative examination of masculine identity.