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The Killing of a Chinese Bookie is being shown as part of Duke University's Screen/Society. Screen/Society screenings are FREE and open to the public. John Cassavetes engages with film noir in his own inimitable style with The Killing of a Chinese Bookie. Ben Gazzara brilliantly portrays a gentleman’s club owner, Cosmo Vitelli, desperately committed to maintaining a facade of suave gentility despite the seediness of his environment and his own unhealthy appetites. When he runs afoul of loan sharks, Cosmo must carry out a terrible crime or lose his way of life. Mesmerizing and idiosyncratic, the film is a provocative examination of masculine identity. Dir. John Cassavetes, 1976, 135 min, US Parking Info: https://artscenter.duke.edu/parking/ After the film, let’s head over to Local 22 Kitchen and Bar located at 2200 W Main St, a short drive from The Ruby.
Mikey and Nicky is being shown as part of Duke University's Screen/Society series. Screen/Society screenings are FREE and open to the public. Elaine May crafted a gangster film like no other in the nocturnal odyssey Mikey and Nicky, capitalizing on the chemistry between frequent collaborators John Cassavetes and Peter Falk by putting them on-screen together as small-time mobsters whose lifelong relationship has turned sour. Set over the course of one night, this restless drama finds Nicky holed up in a motel after the boss he stole money from puts a hit on him. Terrified, he calls on Mikey: the one person he thinks can save him. Scripted to match the live-wire energy of its stars—alongside supporting players Ned Beatty, Joyce Van Patten, and Carol Grace—and inspired by real-life characters from May’s childhood, this unbridled portrait of male friendship turned tragic is an unsung masterpiece of American cinema. Running time: 1 hr 59 mins Parking Info: https://artscenter.duke.edu/parking/ After the film, let’s head over to Burger Bach located at 737 9th St, a 5 min drive from The Ruby.
Two good-hearted, gold-digging “party girls” exploit their rich escorts with a clear conscience. Teaming up with a wronged wife for some sweet revenge proves sisterhood is powerful. This risqué pre-Code comedy was a favorite at the last TCM Film Festival. “Under George Cukor’s direction (this was only the second film he directed on his own) their adventures are more elegant than lewd” (tcm.com). (1931) Directed by George Cukor. Kay Francis, Lilyan Tashman, Joel McCrea. (80 min.) 35mm print from Universal Archive. Introduced by Laura Boyes. Before the show, let's hang out for a while at Iris After Dark in the West Building outside the Iris Restaurant. There are drinks and live music. I'll wear my usual red shirt and we'll try to be findable near the entrance.
In one remarkable day, four college freshmen changed the course of American history. On February 1, 1960, Ezell Blair, Jr. (now Jibreel Khazan), David Richmond, Franklin McCain and Joseph McNeil—later dubbed the Greensboro Four—began a sit-in at a Woolworth's lunch counter in a small city in North Carolina. The act of simply sitting down to order food in a restaurant that refused service to anyone but whites is now widely regarded as one of the pivotal moments in the American Civil Rights Movement. Offering an unusually intimate portrait of four men whose moral courage at ages 17 and 18 not only changed public accommodation laws in North Carolina but also served as a blueprint for non-violent protests throughout the 1960s, FEBRUARY ONE: The Story of the Greensboro Four reveals how these idealistic college students became friends and inspired one another to stage the sit-in, and how the burden of history has impacted their lives ever since. continues at http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/februaryone/film.html This film has been shown on PBS and is available online. However, there will be a panel discussion after this showing and of course we can meet in one of the many nearby restaurants for more talk for whoever is up for it. The Facebook page is here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2234213636861498/