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Friday, November 4, 2011

'Chess Fever' film ('Shakhmatnaya goryachka', 1925) by Vsevolod Pudovkin and Nikolai Shpikovsky

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Hi everyone,

Sit back and watch this fun Russian chess film. Don't worry even if you don't know Russian. (Because it's a silent film ha ha!)

Script: Nikolai Shpikovsky
Cast: Vladimir Fogel, Anna Zemtsova, Boris Barnet, José Raúl Capablanca

Though not his first film, Russian director/cinema theorist V. I. Pudovkin's 'Chess Fever' was the first to be released. Essentially a comedy, this 2-reel exercise in montage manages to make the game of chess seem thoroughly cinematic. Illustrating his theory that "The foundation of film art is editing", Pudovkin uses apparently unrelated images to fashion a smooth, well-integrated unified whole. He goes so far as to rabbet in shots of legendary chess master José Raúl Capablanca so that his film will have a 'star'.
Other grandmasters to be seen in this movie: Ernst Grünfeld, Frederick Yates, Frank Marshall, Richard Réti, Rudolf Spielmann and Carlos Torre (all playing in the 1925 Moscow International Tournament ).

Have a great chess weekend ahead.

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