Chess fever

Soviet Union, 1925

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A chess fanatic is in danger of losing his lover because of his obsession with the game. This is a fast-paced short comedy, filmed during a Moscow tournament and featuring a gallery of world champion chess players. Pudovkin, though committed to the Bolshevik aesthetics predominant in 1920’s Russian cinema, was also a fan of early American comic cinema and the influence of Hollywood shows in much of the exaggerated action in “Chess Fever”. While the absent-minded hero of the film debates choosing between love or chess, his forever suffering girlfriend finds herself trapped in a city where everyone seems to be playing chess. This video version of this silent classic has a new soundtrack especially composed for the film in 1993 by Roger White.



Nikolai Shipovsky

Vsevolod Pudovkin

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Black and White

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