The Killing of a Chinese Bookie
Hitchcock had Jimmy Stewart, Kurosawa had Toshiro Mifune and John Cassavetes had Ben Gazarra. 1976’s The Killing of a Chinese Bookie, the second of three tempestuous collaborations between the determined director and his equally strong-willed star, is a fatalistic gangster movie with Gazzara’s beleaguered strip club entrepreneur run through an obstacle course of existential conflicts worthy of a Norman Mailer novel. The 135 minute film bombed in its initial release and in 1978 Cassavetes performed some elective surgery bringing the star-crossed movie down to 108 minutes (Criterion released both versions in their Cassavetes box set, “Five Films”).
About Larry Karaszewski
Larry Karaszewski with his writing/directing/producing partner Scott Alexander won the Best Screenplay Golden Globe for The People vs. Larry Flynt and was nominated by the Writers Guild of America for the cult favorite Ed Wood. Other credits include writing the Milos Forman film Man on the Moon, adapting the Stephen King story 1408, producing Paul Schrader's Auto Focus, and writing/producing the upcoming Tim Burton feature Big Eyes. Larry is an active Los Angeles cineaste serving on the board of advisors for the Cinefamily and hosting a long running film series for the American Cinematheque.