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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Chess Video Movie Scene: Remembering Kubrick

Alexandra Kosteniuk's Chess News & Trivia (c) 2010

Hello Everyone,

The Killing is a 1956 film produced by James B. Harris and directed by Stanley Kubrick. It was written by Kubrick and Jim Thompson and based on the novel 'Clean Break' by Lionel White.

Johnny Clay (Sterling Hayden) is a veteran criminal planning one last heist before settling down and marrying Fay (Coleen Gray). His plan is to rob the money-counting room of a racetrack of two million dollars during a featured race, and to do this he assembles a team consisting of a corrupt cop (Ted de Corsia); George Peatty (Elisha Cook Jr.), a betting window teller at the track to give access to the backroom; a sharpshooter (Timothy Carey) to shoot the favorite horse during the race, distracting the crowd; a wrestler (Kola Kwariani, born 1903, Republic of Georgia) to provide another distraction by provoking a fight at the track bar, and the bartender (Joe Sawyer).

Here is this lovely 'chess scene' from the movie.

The setting is a Chess Club - based on a place on 42nd St. that Kubrick, himself an avid chess player, used to hang out at. IIt was known as The Flea House).

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