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17 May 1930 (USA) See more »
In 1776, an inventor conceals a Polish nobleman in his chess-playing automaton, a machine whose fame leads it to the court of the Russian empress. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Pierre Blanchar ... Boleslas Vorowski
Charles Dullin ... Baron von Kempelen
Édith Jéhanne ... Sophie Novinska
Camille Bert ... Maj. Nicolaieff

Pierre Batcheff ... Prince Serge Oblomoff
Marcelle Charles Dullin ... Catherine II (as Marcelle Charles)
Jackie Monnier ... Wanda (as Jacky Monnier)
Armand Bernard ... Roubenko

Alexiane ... Olga
Pierre Hot ... King Stanislas
Jaime Devesa ... Prince Orloff
Fridette Fatton ... Pola
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pierre Mindaist ... (uncredited)

Albert Préjean ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Raymond Bernard 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Raymond Bernard 
Henry Dupuis-Mazuel  novel
Henry Dupuis-Mazuel  screenplay
Jean-José Frappa 

Original Music by
Henri Rabaud 
Cinematography by
Marc Bujard 
Willy Faktorovitch  (as Willy)
Joseph-Louis Mundwiller 
Art Direction by
Jean Perrier 
Set Decoration by
Robert Mallet-Stevens 
Costume Design by
Eugène Lourié 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jean Hémard .... assistant director
Special Effects by
W. Percy Day .... special effects
Other crew
Lily Jumel .... production assistant

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Also Known As:
"Le joueur d'échecs" - France (original title)
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135 min
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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1 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
New documentary uses clips from The Chess Player, 1 October 2003
Author: canscene from Canada

"Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine" is a new feature length documentary from famed British film maker Vikram Jayanti. Seen at the 2003 Toronto International Film Festival , it documents the 1997 match between Garry Kasparov arguably the greatest chess player ever and IBM's Deep Blue. The computer won, but subtly the film slyly hints at the possibility that a human mind might have been behind Deep Blue, throwing Kasparov off balance. The Kasparov narrative is interspersed with clips from The Chess Player, although I did not notice any verbal credits in Game Over's narration to that 1927 film.This inclusion was particularly interestng to me, since I saw the original silent film as a boy and remembered vividly how Major Nicolaieff, invading von Kempelen's workshop is hacked to death by the inventor's "bodyguard" of sabre wielding automatons. The Milestone DVD is most certainly the longer version mentioned by a previous commentator on this site. THe DVD also carries a recent radio interview with the author of "The Turk" which deals with the real Wolfgang Von Kempelen and his remarkable chess playing automaton. URTL is <> The movie is undeed slightly confusing, but to movie buffs well worth a viewing for the striking action cinematography wwith tinted footage ranging from black and white to blue of night.

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