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Gangsters -- United States -- Drama, Murder -- Psychological aspects -- Drama, Music-halls (Variety-theaters, cabarets, etc.) -- California -- Los Angeles -- Drama

The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

featuring

Ben Gazzara, Timothy Carey, Seymour Cassel, Robert Phillips,

Cassavetes’s Sunset Strip neo-noir is centered around a “classy” strip club, the Crazy Horse West, and its proprietor Cosmo Vitelli (Ben Gazzara). Devoted to creating the illusion of glamour, sophistication, and sexiness at the club, Gazzara’s Cosmo performs the role of a cool high roller both onstage and off, seemingly oblivious to his low-rent environs. When his chosen identity puts him in debt to the mob, instead of retreating he plunges himself ever more determinedly into his dangerous role. A cautionary tale about the dangers that lurk behind the masks we make for ourselves and about the border between reality and illusion.

Kate MacKay
FILM DETAILS 
Screenwriter
  • John Cassavetes
Cinematographer
  • Mike Ferris
  • Michael Stringer
Language
  • English
Print Info
  • Color
  • 35mm
  • 108 mins
Source
  • Westchester Films
  • Faces Distribution
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The killing of a Chinese bookie (program note), Harvard Film Archive, 2000

John Cassavetes, actor and director (article), SF Weekly, Gregg Rickman, 1998

The killing of a Chinese bookie (distributor materials), Castle Hill, 1997

Critic's choice: The killing of a Chinese bookie (review), Reader (Chicago, Ill.), Jonathan Rosenbaum, 1991

John Cassavetes (flyer), 1991

The films of John Cassavetes (program), Walker Art Center, 1989

His best shot (review), Village Voice, Amy Taubin, 1989

The films of John Cassavetes (program note), Walker Art Center, 1989

The films of John Cassavetes (press release), Walker Art Center, 1989

The killing of a Chinese bookie (program note), Toronto International Film Festival, Jack Kroll, 1982

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