From Hollywood to Cinecittà, many movies have been set in smoky poker rooms or in sparkling casinos, and many of these movies have gone down in history. An example? “The Sting”, the movie shot by George Roy Hill in 1973 starring two legends of Hollywood like Paul Newman and Robert Redford. In this movie, which won 7 Academy Awards, including best movie, director and screenplay, poker does not have a main role. Nonetheless it is part of one of the best-known scenes of the movie, in which the character played by Paul Newman, Henry Gondorff, plays a poker game on a train and succeeds in making a fool of his rival pretending to be a drunk bookmaker. Going back in time and speaking about the comedy genre, we cannot leave out “Kaleidoscope” (1966), a movie starring Warren Beatty and Susannah Yorke that is not very famous, but those who have a passion for poker will certainly like it. The movie is about a player that succeeds in cheating many casinos in Europe, but he meets the daughter of an inspector of Scotland Yard, and she begins having many suspects.

 

In most recent times, other movies have been released: in 1998 “Lock&Stock” made its director, Guy Ritchie, famous all over the world. This is a comedy set in the East End of London and it tells the deeds of four friends that have lost a huge amount of money playing poker and have to give the money back to a local gangster boss. In the 90s many other movies with some relationships to the world of poker were released, like Martins Scorsese’s “Casino”, a movie of 1995 starring Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone and Joe Pesci, and “Rounders”, a movie shot by John Dahl starring Matt Damon, Edward Norton and John Turturro. In this movie the champion of poker John Chan plays a cammeo, and in one of the most famous scenes of the movie the characters played by Matt Damon plays a game of Texas Hold’em.

 

 

Among all these American and English productions there are also some Italian movies we can speak about. Italian director Pupi Avati, for example, has shot two films featuring a poker game: “Regalo di Natale” in 1986 and “La rivincita di Natale” in 2003. The latter is the sequel of the first one, which tells the story of four friends that play a game of poker on Christmas Eve.

 

 

 

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