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DOUBLE (OR NOTHING) BILL

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Two singular takes on the dark, dangerous thrill of gambling; from the romanticised approach of ROUNDERS to the bleakness of Karel Reisz’s more realistic tale, THE GAMBLER. Place your bets, Ladies and Gentlemen.

Rounders

John Dahl United States, 1998

Part thriller, part “sports” film, and starring Matt Damon and Edward Norton at their late-90s prime, this story of underground poker had a soft landing when it first arrived, but since picked up a cult audience in the era of Texas Hold ’Em. Part two of our Double-or-Nothing Bill.

The Gambler

Karel Reisz United States, 1974

The week’s program is Double-or-Nothing: a pair of films centered on the dark, dangerous thrill of gambling. Starring James Caan and written by a young James Toback (soon to be an acclaimed director in his own right), The Gambler is a classic dispatch from the gritty heyday of 70s Paramount.

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