Chess Player (1930)

Chess Player


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The Chess Player (Le Jouer D'Echecs) is based on an old European fable about a despotic king who came to grief via his obsession with a mechanical chess-playing machine. For the purposes of this film, the fable is incorporated in an inspirational story about a young, courageous Polish woman, a patriot in the Joan of Arc mold. The action takes place during the reign of Czarish Catherine II, when Poland was under the thumb of the Russians. The film's dramatic highlight was one of the most … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Classics, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Raymond Bernard, Henry Dupuis-Mazuel
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 29, 2003



as Sophie Novinska

as Baron von Kempelen

as Major Nicolaieff

as Boleslas Vorowski

as Prince Serge Oblomof...
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Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
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The Chess Player is a striking archeological discovery from the year that bridged the silent and sound eras, and is a fine title for cinephiles easing into the European silents.

Full Review… | April 5, 2006

Magnificent visuals.

Full Review… | January 15, 2004
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A nonstop visual and aural masterpiece

Full Review… | August 28, 2003

you have to wonder why this treasure of world cinema is not spoken of in the same breath as INTOLERANCE or PANDORA'S BOX

Full Review… | July 30, 2003
Killer Movie Reviews

Full Review… | July 22, 2006
Combustible Celluloid

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