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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Chess in 'From Paris With Love'

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From Paris, With Love movie poster

Hello Everyone,

There's a generation that grew up with 'From Russia, with love'. Now, it's going to be 'From Paris, with love'!

The nice thing is that the chess motif is there in this 2010 Hollywood release also. It's an action film starring John Travolta and Jonathan Rhys Meyers. It has and directed by Pierre Morel. The screenplay was co-written by Luc Besson.

After the opening scene the camera pans to the U.S. Embassy in France where you find the personal aide to the U.S. Ambassador in France, James Reese (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) keeping the Ambassador busy with a quick chess move! The movie ends with a chess scene too but we won't spell the beans. Reese loves chess and so does his eventual partner Charlie Wax.

Here's a dialogue from the movie:

James Reece: I'm not your driver. I'm your partner.
FBI agent Charlie Wax: Yeah, you're the chess player. I read your file.
James Reece: You play?
FBI agent Charlie Wax: Do I look like I play board games?

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