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Stefan Zweig (novel)
Harold Medford (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
25 June 1961 (USA) See more »
In 1938 Austria shortly after the Nazi occupation, a prominent Viennese intellectual, Werner von Basil... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Curd Jürgens ... Werner von Basil

Claire Bloom ... Irene Andreny

Hansjörg Felmy ... Hans Berger
Mario Adorf ... Mirko Centowic
Albert Bessler ... Scientist
Rudolf Forster ... Hotel Manager
Alan Gifford ... Mac Iver
Jan Hendriks ... First Officer
Albert Lieven ... Hartmann
Harald Maresch ... Ballet Master
Dietmar Schönherr ... Rabbi
Karel Stepanek ... Baranow
Wolfgang Wahl ... Moonface
Hans Söhnker ... Bishop Ambrosse
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rainer Brandt ... First Officer (voice) (uncredited)
Robert Dietl ... Steward (uncredited)
Rijk de Gooyer ... Berger's Secretary (uncredited)
Susanne Körber-Harlan ... Young Lady (uncredited)
Dorothea Wieck ... Countess (uncredited)

Directed by
Gerd Oswald 
Writing credits
Stefan Zweig (novel)

Harold Medford (screenplay) &
Gerd Oswald (screenplay) &
Herbert Reinecker (screenplay)

Produced by
Luggi Waldleitner .... producer
Original Music by
Hans-Martin Majewski 
Cinematography by
Günther Senftleben 
Film Editing by
K.M. Eckstein 
Production Design by
Wolf Englert 
Ernst Richter 
Costume Design by
Ursula Stutz 
Makeup Department
Franz Mayrhofer .... makeup artist
Gerda Scholz-Grosse .... makeup artist
Production Management
Fritz Anton .... unit manager
Johannes J. Frank .... production manager
Willy Schöne .... unit manager (as Willi Schöne)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hans-Joachim Wiedermann .... assistant director (as Jochen Wiedermann)
Sound Department
Bernhard Reicherts .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Franz Hofer .... camera operator
Lothar Winkler .... still photographer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Barbara Riedel .... assistant editor
Other crew
Rudolf Teschner .... chess consultant

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Also Known As:
"Schachnovelle" - West Germany (original title)
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Germany:103 min | USA:102 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Klangfilm Eurocord)
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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
A splendid, cerebral film!, 3 September 2002
Author: rb202

This is a wonderful film, even better and darker than Stefan Zweig's short story upon which it is based.

It moves along at a leisurely pace by contemporary standards, which makes it all the better by providing a good sense of context for recently Nazi-occupied Austria. It Imparts an atmosphere of anxious apprehension and quiet desperation as poor Curd Jurgens struggles to hold onto his sanity while in solitary confinement, deprived of all stimuli.

Recommended for film buffs and chess players alike.

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