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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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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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Chess's Reefer Madness
12 October 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a delightful little film. It is about ultimate addiction. The basic plot involves a young man (they had nerds back in 1925 in Russia), and his relationship with his fiancée. He lives and breathes chess (as do, it seems, most of the Russian people). He carries books, pamphlets, and little chess sets all over his person. He shows up three hours late for a meeting with his young lady, and while she is forgiving him, he has set up a board on a checkered handkerchief that he has put on the floor so he can kneel. As the young woman decides to kill herself, she can't get away from chess. It's there at every turn. Even the container of poison she buys looks like a chess piece. It is all ludicrous, but the comic timing and pratfalls are really cute.


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