Re: [Videolib] Poker playing in films

Linda Hellman (
Thu, 16 Feb 2006 13:02:30 -0500

Maverick? ( Mel Gibson)

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From: "Erika Day" <>
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Sent: Thursday, February 16, 2006 11:57 AM
Subject: [Videolib] Poker playing in films

> Here's a fun questions from one of my grad students, any suggestions?
>> My research is examining images of poker players and poker playing
>> in the U.S. from 1890 to today. The movies are just one portion of
>> a much larger project, but a very important one. I wouldn't want
>> to watch every movie that has poker playing in it, I'm more
>> interested in movies where poker players or poker playing are a bit
>> more central to the theme of the film. For instance, California
>> Split, The Killing of a Chinese Bookie, The Lady Eve, Shade, A Big
>> Hand for a Little Lady, and of course, Rounders, would all be very
>> good selections. I am also interested in movies where poker isn't
>> central to the story, but acts to create a certain image of a
>> character. Like in some of the old Westerns the Hero will be a
>> smooth poker player or the bad guy will be a cheat. Another
>> example might be something like The Odd Couple where some of the
>> local boys get together for their Wednesday night poker game. What
>> I'm trying to do is get an idea of how the image of "gambler" is
>> constructed in the U.S. and how that image has changed over time,
>> and what that change, if there is one, means.
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