"The Killing of a Chinese Bookie" (1976) | John Cassavetes | 35mm print

Monday, January 28, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Still from The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

Repertory + New Restorations

The Killing of a Chinese Bookie
(John Cassavetes, 1976, 135 min, USA, English, color, 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. 

“A postnoir masterpiece.” Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

Sponsored by the Program in the Arts of the Moving Image (AMI)


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