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The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

John Cassavetes

 
The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (Criterion DVD)

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2 Discs

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  • United States
  • 1976
  • 135 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • English
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  • Spine #254

John Cassavetes engages with film noir in his own inimitable style with The Killing of a Chinese Bookie. Ben Gazzara brilliantly portrays a gentleman’s club owner, Cosmo Vitelli, desperately committed to maintaining a facade of suave gentility despite the seediness of his environment and his own unhealthy appetites. When he runs afoul of loan sharks, Cosmo must carry out a terrible crime or lose his way of life. Mesmerizing and idiosyncratic, the film is a provocative examination of masculine identity. It is presented here in two versions: Cassavetes’s original 1976 edit and his 1978 one, nearly thirty minutes shorter.

Credits

DirectorJohn Cassavetes
WriterJohn Cassavetes
ProducerAl Ruban
Associate producerPhil Burton
Sound/MusicBo Harwood
In charge of lightingMitchell Breit
Camera operatorsFrederick Elmes and Michael Ferris
Supervising editorTom Cornwell
In charge of postproductionRobert Heffernan
Production designSam Shaw
Art directorPhedon Papamichael

Disc Features

  • New, high-definition digital restorations of the 1976 and 1978 versions of the film, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks on the Blu-ray edition
  • New interview program featuring actor Ben Gazzara and producer Al Ruban
  • Audio interview with Cassavetes from the 1970s
  • Stills gallery
  • Trailer

    New cover by Lucien S. Y. Yang

Film Essays

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The Killing of a Chinese Bookie: The Raw and the Cooked

By Phillip LopateOctober 24, 2013

The American gangster picture is thrown for a loop in John Cassavetes’s stylized, fatalistic . . . Read more »

Interviews

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A Conversation with Bo Harwood

By Sam WassonAugust 20, 2014

One of John Cassavetes’s loyal troupe of collaborators reminisces about working with the . . . Read more »


Photo Galleries

Cassavetes’s Company

By Tom CharityOctober 30, 2013


Film Essays

Chinesebookieessay_current_thumbnail

The Killing of a Chinese Bookie: The Raw and the Cooked

By Phillip LopateOctober 24, 2013

The American gangster picture is thrown for a loop in John Cassavetes’s stylized, fatalistic . . . Read more »


Photo Galleries

Cassavetes at Work

March 04, 2013


Quotes


Press Notes

Press Notes: Portraits of Cassavetes

November 18, 2008

Just when you thought it was safe to return to the tripod, he’s baa-ack. “Cassavetes earned a . . . Read more »