the killing of a chinese bookie

John Cassavetes, 109 mins, USA, 1976, 35mm. Courtesy: British Film Institute/Faces Distribution

the killing of a chinese bookie
The Killing of a Chinese Bookie
Cassavetes' brilliant noir excursion is the perfect fusion between his ramshackle world of lovable losers and the more traditional conventions of Hollywood genre filmmaking.

At its centre, The Killing of a Chinese Bookie offers a compelling character study of an affable nightclub owner at the end of his luck (played with grizzled charm by Cassavetes regular, Ben Gazzara), who is forced to pay a mounting gambling debt by 'taking out' the Chinese bookie of the film's title.

"A post-noir masterpiece" Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

Dates   Sat 17 May 2008, 6.30pm
Thu 22 May 2008, 9.15pm
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