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    The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (Faces, 1976). Rolled, Very Fine-. One Sheet (25" X 38") Calligraphy Style.
    Ben Gazzara stars as Cosmo Vitelli, a strip club owner with a bad gambling habit. When he gets in over his head, a small time gangster (Seymour Cassel) tells him to pay up or kill a Chinese bookie to wipe out his debt. This John Cassavetes film is a cult favorite, and of the number of posters printed for this independent film, this rare "Calligraphy" style poster is one of the more scarce styles produced. From the estate of Ruth Jane Gribin (1945- 2019), who was the founder of Los Angeles' first international and independent film festival, Filmex, which championed the work of innovative outsiders like John Cassavetes, who traditionally had great difficulty releasing their films within the traditional Hollywood system. Upon the conclusion of its groundbreaking and highly popular 12 year run, Gribin and other co-founders devoted their energies to establish the American Cinemateque in Los Angeles, which flourishes to this day. Indications of use include slight edge wear, small tears, light creases, as well as faint toning and smudges.


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    21st-22nd Saturday-Sunday
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