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Chess Fever (1925)
"Shakhmatnaya goryachka" (original title)

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With an international chess tournament in progress, a young man becomes completely obsessed with the game. His fiancée has no interest in it, and becomes frustrated and depressed by his ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
José Raúl Capablanca ...
The World Champion
Vladimir Fogel ...
The Hero
Anna Zemtsova ...
The Heroine
Natalya Glan
Zakhar Darevsky
Mikhail Zharov ...
House Painter
Anatoli Ktorov ...
Tram Passenger
Yakov Protazanov ...
Chemist
Yuli Raizman ...
Chemist's Assistant
Ivan Koval-Samborsky ...
Policeman
Konstantin Eggert
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ernst Grunfeld ...
Himself
F. Ivanov
Sergey Komarov ...
Grandfather
Frank Marshall ...
Himself
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With an international chess tournament in progress, a young man becomes completely obsessed with the game. His fiancée has no interest in it, and becomes frustrated and depressed by his neglect of her, but wherever she goes she finds that she cannot escape chess. On the brink of giving up, she meets the world champion, Capablanca himself, with interesting results. Written by Snow Leopard

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21 December 1925 (Soviet Union)  »

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Chess Fever  »

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Besides José Raúl Capablanca's appearance, the tournament scenes include brief footage of actual games being played in the Moscow 1925 international tournament. Some of the leading chess masters of the era, including Richard Reti, Rudolph Spielmann, Ernst Grunfeld, Frank Marshall, Carlos Torre and F.D. Yates are shown playing their games. See more »

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One of Cinema's Few Comedies About Chess
16 December 2009 | by (www.moviemoviesite.com) – See all my reviews

A Russian silent comedy doesn't really sound that enticing, does it? But this really isn't that bad. It follows the fortunes of a young man who is completely obsessed with chess. At first the film looks as if it might be a dry and serious study of the game, but then we're introduced to our hero. For some reason he has dozens of kittens in his flat, most of them living in his shoes or his jacket pockets. This chap is so obsessed with the game that he is magnetically drawn to a chess shop even though he is late for a date with his girlfriend. Even his socks and hankie have chessboard patterns. Of course, this is all driving his girlfriend to distraction…

There are quite a few good laugh-out- loud moments in this short, directed by the Russian master Pudovkin, and it's at least the equal of most of the comedies coming out of Hollywood at the time. There's also the bonus of glimpses of a snow-covered Russian cityscape with troikas rushing past in the background.


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