1976 / 135 min. /
Director: John Cassavetes
Cast: Ben Gazzara, Timothy Carey, Seymour Cassel

The Royal Cinema Presents: Four Films by John Cassavetes – THE KILLING OF A CHINESE BOOKIE

The December The Royal Cinema pays homage to one of the pioneers of American independent cinema, John Cassavetes. We are thrilled to be presenting four extraordinary films from his near-perfect and absolutely necessary filmography: Opening Night (1977), Husbands (1970), The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976), and our closing film of the retrospective, A Woman Under the Influence (1974), which will be presented on 35mm.

Be sure to grab your full-retrospective pass and see all four films for $40 (available online only! limited availability!)

Individual tickets go on sale November 15.

DECEMBER 14 – THE KILLING OF A CHINESE BOOKIE (1976) – ORIGINAL 1976 EDIT

John Cassavetes takes his character-driven and pensive sensitivity into the world of film noir with The Killing of a Chinese Bookie. Starring Ben Gazzara as Cosmo Vitelli, a night-club owner who becomes involved in loan shark seediness so badly that he must commit a terrible crime or lose everything. Cassavetes presents a singular analysis of masculinity within the walls of the richly colourful settings, operating as a bewitching crime drama and an honest character study simultaneously.

Upcoming Screenings:


None Currently Scheduled