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The Killing Of A Chinese Bookie

The Killing Of A Chinese Bookie
  • 1976
  • US
  • 109 min
  • 18
  • Directed by: John Cassavetes
  • Cast: Ben Gazzara, Timothy Carey, Seymour Cassel.

Cassavetes uses his central plot - a bunch of gangsters try to muscle in on the owner of a sleazy nightclub - as a metaphor for his own position as a dedicated filmmaker fighting for his artistic independence. Hugely contradictory and convoluted, it's still up there with his best work, thanks to the space he gives his actors and the performances they give in return.

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