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A Chess Dispute (1903)

Not Rated | | Short, Comedy | August 1903 (UK)
A stationary camera looks on as two dapper gents play a game of chess. One drinks and smokes, and when he looks away, his opponent moves two pieces. A fight ensues, first with the squirting... See full summary »

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Robert W. Paul
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Alfred Collins Alfred Collins ... Chess Player
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A stationary camera looks on as two dapper gents play a game of chess. One drinks and smokes, and when he looks away, his opponent moves two pieces. A fight ensues, first with the squirting of a seltzer bottle, then with fisticuffs. The combatants wrestle each other to the floor and continue the fight out of the camera's view, hidden by the table. The waiter arrives to haul both of them out. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Short | Comedy

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Cleverly Done
1 April 2002 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

This little comedy is simple but cleverly done, with creativity and a good pace. The action starts with two chess players who are concentrating on their game, when a disagreement over a move suddenly escalates into slapstick. From there it builds nicely, and the use of props and off-screen action works quite well. R.W. Paul made several of these resourceful ultra-short movies, and this one is particularly well-constructed.


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UK

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August 1903 (UK) See more »

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Шахматные дебаты See more »

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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