Back Home Years Ago: The Real CASINO
A Film by Joseph F. Alexandre
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Back Home Years Ago: The Real CASINO

This documentary now available on DVD about the real Chicago gangsters involved with the Casinos in Las Vegas plays as a primer for Martin Scorsese's film Casino. The focus is on real life counterparts to the Nicholas Pileggi book "Casino," and film. "The Real Casino" gives you insights to the film's main characters such as Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal (the Robert DeNiro character), Tony Spilotro (the Joe Pesci character), Alan Dorfman (the Alan King Character), and several of their pals and relatives who were privy to the way Chicago's "Outfit" operated and gained favor in Las Vegas.

The film first aired on John Pierson's Split Screen on IFC as well as Bravo and PBS. This DVD contains deleted scenes, making of featurette, IFC version, and 14 min. TF version.

Televised Broadcasts:
Split Screen IFC/Bravo
Image Union PBS
Moviola- canadian short film channel
Toronto, Canada

"A primer for Indie filmmakers... compelling, disturbing edge of your seat stuff... Alexandre has fashioned himself a good intro as a filmmaker...." Chris Parry-

"...entertaining at worst, and an important historical document at best." James Sweeney- Film Threat

"I'm impressed with the access Alexandreobtained with real life mobsters... make this a 5 star review baby!" Christopher Null-

"Alexandre's first person perspective lends a Michael Moore feel without the hamperings of Michael Moore's self indulgence..." Allen Richards-

Awards: on-line film festival
best documentary
long beach, CA, Internet
June 2001 (Internet/Broadband)

Film Festivals:
First Glance Film fest
hollywood, U S A
November 2003 (Film Festival)
North America PREMIERE

New Filmmakers LA- Cinespace
Hollywood, U S A
February 2003 (Film Festival)

Showcase Shorts film festival
Orlando, Fla, U S A
February 2003 (Film Festival)

Documental Festival
Santa Monica, U S A
July 2001
North America PREMIERE on-line film festival
best documentary
long beach, CA, Internet
June 2001 (Internet/Broadband)

Sacramento Festival of Cinema
Best Doc
Sacramento, U S A
October 2000

Santa Monica Film Festival MOXIE!
Sant Monica, U S A
September 2000

Dallas Video Festival
stump the programmer
Dallas, TX, Internet
August 1999 (Film Festival)

New Filmmakers- Anthology Film Archives
New York, U S A
July 1999 (Film Festival)

Rough & Ruined Traveling Film Festival
Minneapolis, MN, U S A
August 1998 (Film Festival)

IFP/ North presents Cinema Lounge
best short
Minneaplois, U S A
April 1998 (Film Festival)

Title #284071
Format: DVD-R