THE KILLING OF A CHINESE BOOKIE
1976, Westchester Films, 129 min, Dir: John Cassavetes

A close friend of director-writer John Cassavetes, Timothy Carey stars here as Flo, a hulking Hollywood mobster who plots to take over the Sunset Boulevard strip club run by Ben Gazzara.


MINNIE AND MOSKOWITZ
1971, Universal, 114 min, USA, Dir: John Cassavetes

Minnie Moore is a museum curator whose married boyfriend does little for her self-esteem. Enter parking-lot attendant Seymour Moskowitz, who tells Minnie, “I think about you so much, I forget to go to the bathroom!” As mismatched as the title couple may seem, Gena Rowlands and Seymour Cassel make these wounded but hopeful souls entirely real. While Cassavetes remains conscious of the disconnect between movie-inspired romantic ideals and real-life relationships, he gives an early-’70s New Hollywood spin to the screwball comedy here.


LOVE STREAMS
1984, Park Circus, 141 min, USA, Dir: John Cassavetes

Love streams and surges in strange ways in this latter-era film by the great John Cassavetes. He also stars as Robert Harmon, a boozy, hedonistic writer who’s thrown for a loop when the son he’s never seen is dropped off on his doorstep. The kid is followed in short order by Harmon’s beleaguered sister (Gena Rowlands), a woman who thinks she can deliver balance to their lives via a taxi full of rescued animals.


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