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Schwarz und weiß wie Tage und Nächte (1978)

A scientist who swore off playing chess after a nervous breakdown as a boy wunderkind, creates an undefeated chess program. But the Russian world champ beats Tommy Rosemund's masterwork in ... See full summary »

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Thomas Rosemund
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Marie Rosemund
René Deltgen ...
Lindford
Ljuba Tadic ...
Stefan Koruga (as Ljubo Tadic)
Alexander Hegarth ...
Vater Rosemund
Joachim Wichmann ...
Grünfeld
Markus Helis ...
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Elke Schuessler ...
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Gudrun Vaupel ...
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Eberhard Stanjek ...
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Wilke
Annemarie Wendl ...
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Anton Petje
Sandi Colnik
France Severkar
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A scientist who swore off playing chess after a nervous breakdown as a boy wunderkind, creates an undefeated chess program. But the Russian world champ beats Tommy Rosemund's masterwork in a televised match. So the West German mathematician becomes a top chess pro himself, which the West German media boast will prove the superiority of Germany and democracy. The jowly, white-faced Rosemund believes that the entire Red Communist bloc is out to stop him from vanquishing their atheist pretty boy, Stefan Koruga, to become the next Bobby Fischer and a symbol that ruthless capitalism is preferable to socialism. Written by David Stevens

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13 September 1978 (West Germany)  »

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Black and White Like Day and Night  »

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Best film on Chess
20 October 2001 | by (Whittier, California) – See all my reviews

This is a brilliant film, and captures the combat and obsession of chess. Bruno Ganz plays an amalgamation of Steinitz, Morphy, and Fischer. One great line is his sister's: "Ha Ha, Mom took your board way and you can't play anymore!" The scene has the young future GM staring at the floor blankly, after his parents decided he was obsessed and hid his board. He looks up at says simply "I don't need a board."


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