Monday, 30th of  April, at 17:30, Muzeul Țăranului Cinema – Free admission depending on availability

Directed by: John Cassavetes
Year: 1976
Country: USA
Genre: drama
Length: 135 minutes

A subdued art-house neo-noir of formidable tension, THE KILLING OF A CHINESE BOOKIE sees Cassavetes delve into genre cinema accompanied by another of his regular actors, Ben Gazzara. The movie follows Cosmo Vittelli, a Los Angeles strip-club owner whose burlesque shows of carnal and cerebral titillation keep his integrity and moral fibre intact in the flowing stream of the city’s seedy, criminal underworld. All is soon threatened when he loses the club as gambling collateral and the only way to ‘right the wrong’ is by taking out a Chinese bookie on behalf of his mafia debtors. What follows is a downward-spiral of insecurity and self-destruction, filtered through Gazzara’s quiet performance of resigned masculinity and ill-fated destiny.

John Cassavetes – Director
John Cassavetes – Screenwriter
Mitch Breit – Cinematography
Tom Cornwell – Editing
Anthony Harris – Music

Ben Gazzara
Timothy Carey
Seymour Cassel