Re: [Videolib] Poker playing in films

Delin, Peter (delin@zlb.de)
Thu, 16 Feb 2006 20:29:23 +0100

> > I'm more
> > interested in movies where poker players or poker playing are a bit
> > more central to the theme of the film.

Dear Erika,

the greatest film on poker playing (to my opinion) and one of my
favourite films anyway: Norman Jewison's The Cincinnati Kid with Steve
McQueen http://uk.imdb.com/title/tt0059037/

with kind regards
Peter Delin
Zentral- und Landesbibliothek Berlin
http://www.zlb.de/en/index.html

Erika Day schrieb:
>
> 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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