Pic of the Day: “The Killing of a Chinese Bookie” revisited

Today’s pic revisits John Cassavetes’ The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976), the enigmatic portrait of a man in crisis but who’s trying to avoid it like all get-out. Timothy is rather unforgettable as Flo, the glad-handing muscle of some rather inept Hollywood gangsters. Here he nonchalantly fans himself with a napkin during the diner scene.

The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

“John Cassavetes was different!” Tim told Ara Corbett. “He would inspire people. He didn’t believe in anything negative; there wasn’t a negative bone in his body. You could always call him up any time and he was always there to give you a helping hand. Just incredible… He had to drop dead and die, I mean it’s just a shame. I don’t know why he couldn’t have stayed. He kept telling me he’s OK, he’s OK, but he wasn’t.”

2 responses to “Pic of the Day: “The Killing of a Chinese Bookie” revisited

  1. This morning Antenna TV showed Husbands by Cassavetes. It reminded me that i haven’t seen Chinese Bookie in over ten years. I was also reminded of this important blog, so i clicked on it, and voila, a still from Bookie, with TC of course. Thanks.

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