Cabaret club owner Cosmo Vittelli gets into trouble with the mob after losing a substantial amount of money gambling. An avant-garde arthouse crime film by one of America’s most original directors – the godfather of indie cinema, John Cassavetes.
A good exploration of Vittelli’s character, with hints of the post-war trauma in American society that would still remain years after WWII and the Korean War (and, at the time – the Vietnam war).
Sublime actor performance, most notably from lead role Ben Gazzara. Great use of color and development of tension and atmosphere. An authentic and “real” film, unlike it’s polished thematic successors that would later come from Hollywood.
The Killing of a Chinese Bookie Cast: Ben Gazzara, Timothy Carey, Seymour Cassel, Morgan Woodward