The Killing of a Chinese Bookie
Director: John Cassavetes Run Time: 135 min. Format: 35mm Rating: R Release Year: 1976
Starring: Morgan Woodward, Ben Gazzara, Seymour Cassel, Timothy Carey
Take a tour of Los Angeles’ seedy side in John Cassavetes’s THE KILLING OF A CHINESE BOOKIE. A 35mm presentation!
Los Angeles always feels personal when John Cassavetes sets it as the background for his films. In his stylistic noir vision, The Killing of a Chinese Bookie, the city becomes a landscape where morals and masculine identity are tested after the unhealthy appetite of gentleman’s club owner, Cosmo Vitelli (Ben Gazzara), puts him in an impossible situation. Having to answer to his angry loan sharks, he must choose how far he’ll go in order to appease the gangsters. Cassavetes gives L.A. a surreal and gritty atmosphere here; it’s a city you certainly don’t want to mess with.
Part of Nitehawk’s November L.A. STRANGE brunch series.