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  1. Kamran's rating of the film The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

    Review: http://bit.ly/2x9YRi1. 90/100 - The viewer is transformed into an observer in the crowd, a part of the mix, an active participant in the hero’s, or should I say anti-hero’s, journey.

  2. FISCHER's rating of the film The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

    Une oeuvre d'une noirceur tenace, interprétée magistralement par Ben Gazzara, bouleversant de sincérité dans les scènes finales. Un film sous-estimé à redécouvrir de toute urgence .. www.cinefiches.com

  3. Jaspar Lamar Crabb's rating of the film The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

  4. Lex Lucas's rating of the film The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

    Gazzara. Confidence. The masks fall under pressure, and true selfs appear then. Cosmo just went through doubt and discovering himself.

  5. Sol Petchorine's rating of the film The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

    _ I can't give you anything but love.

  6. ermete polpette's rating of the film The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

  7. Endre's rating of the film The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

    Cutting cinema down to its bare bones. In this case, it involves lingering on in moments where nothing is left to say, observing the remains of a life. Bold, tragic and beautiful. Still, after many years, one of the greatest films I've seen.

  8. gld48's rating of the film The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

  9. Ghostman's rating of the film The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

    One of the best films of 70s. Cassavetes is a genius.

  10. Fabio Osvaldo Carta's rating of the film The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

  11. tintinmugshot's rating of the film The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

  12. James Mackin's rating of the film The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

    A hoot of a Cassavetes film. Cosmo Vitelli (what a name)'s just trying to run a respectable business here.

  13. Jennifer Weeks's rating of the film The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

    A surprisingly sympathetic study of a morally abject character. Lingering close-ups and some brilliant acting on the part of Gazzara gradually draw you into the clubowner's world, and my chest tightened in response to his desperation. There's something really heartbreaking about people not being able to live up to their own self image, and despite its humour in parts the film left me feeling quite depressed.

  14. Federico Boswarlos's rating of the film The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

  15. Dalibor's rating of the film The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

    Were it kept me at seat a lot longer than directors previous work was the fact none of the subjects exhibited throughout singles out as it's major thesis. Although as preachy as Cassavettes makes them, neither the setting, nor the characters or it's script offer but a a slice of some bizarre unearthly everyday life. Beta Lynch, in a good way.

  16. Mighty Quinn's rating of the film The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

    Cassavetes tackles the gangster picture with a great command of laid back style and improvisational acting. Ben Gazarra as club owner Cosmo Vitelli is great; the use of long takes and slow burning scenes demonstrating every tick and mannersm of the character's thoughts and feelings, really making the audience understand him on more than a superficial level like typical movies would. The original cut's better, I think

  17. josh scam's rating of the film The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

    only when your character is no longer believable do you claim "life is just acting"

  18. Silbutamal's rating of the film The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

  19. arpagick's rating of the film The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

  20. Mr. Marston's rating of the film The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

  21. Bram Vroonland's rating of the film The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

    What an impeccable neo noir film. The colors which so lavishly set the tone of the movie are among the best I've seen. What also struck me is the excellent use of longer lenses to create the shallow depth and blurred background. The often weird camera angles too helped shape the isolated and alienated environment Cosmo was trapped in. Excellent.

  22. Kadjavsi's rating of the film The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

  23. Matthew Martens's rating of the film The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

    Cassavetes' mastery of the art of the quease found perhaps its oiliest, mealiest manifestation in Ben Gazzara's Cosmo Vitelli, a baffled but blustery small-time club-owner who manages a coterie of strippers and finds himself indentured to provide pounds of flesh (his own and others') on an ongoing basis in order to support the big dumb perpetual gamble of living. Aglow with grubby majesty, it bleeds real heart.

  24. Andrew Miller's rating of the film The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

    Free fall, blood soaking your shirt. Step out into the morning light for one last look.

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