25th anniversary screening of HOUSE OF GAMES (1987) with stars Joe Mantegna and Ricky Jay IN PERSON!
Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012:
25th anniversary screening with
IN PERSON guests Joe Mantegna and Ricky Jay!
HOUSE OF GAMES
1987, USA, 102 minutes, 35mm, Park Circus/MGM
Written and direcred by David Mamet
Starring Lindsay Crouse, Joe Mantegna, Ricky Jay,
Mike Nussbaum, J. T. Walsh, Lilia Skala, William H. Macy
Sat: 8:00 pm
"Mr. Mamet, poker player and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, makes a fine, completely self-assured debut directing his original screenplay. Sometimes he's bluffing outrageously, but that's all right too."
- Vincent Canby, New York Times
"This movie is awake. I have seen so many films that were sleepwalking through the debris of old plots and second-hand ideas that it was a constant pleasure to watch House of Games."
- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"David Mamet's dialogue has a particular rhythm. His best pieces, when delivered properly, are like music. House of Games is one of his best screenplays and allows Joe Mantegna and Lindsay Crouse the opportunity to duet for 90 minutes. Their performances bring to life a very psychologically complex relationship. There is much going on in the minds of these characters, and their performances maintain a perfect balance between revealing themselves to each other and the audience. In one scene, Mike teaches Margaret, as well as the audience, about 'tells.' Tells are physical actions which 'tell' an observant person what the person performing the action is thinking. After demonstrating some examples, Mike takes Margaret's hand and places his fingertips against hers and tells her to, in her mind, choose a finger. He shows her what finger she was thinking of, and she informs him he was correct. He then asks her if she wants to sleep with him. The audience realizes that Mike, a master at reading tells, already knows the answer. But the real question is whether or not Margaret has learned enough to manipulate Mike. Slick, seductive, and compulsively watchable, House of Games succeeds in getting the audience inside the minds of con artists, but not until they have been put through a psychological and emotional wringer."
- Perry Seibert, Rovi
New Beverly Cinema (View)
7165 W. Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036