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Shakhmatnaya goryachka (1925)

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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
José Raúl Capablanca José Raúl Capablanca ... The World Champion
Vladimir Fogel ... The Hero
Anna Zemtsova Anna Zemtsova ... The Heroine
Natalya Glan Natalya Glan
Zakhar Darevsky Zakhar Darevsky
Mikhail Zharov ... House Painter
Anatoli Ktorov ... Tram Passenger
Yakov Protazanov ... Chemist
Yuli Raizman Yuli Raizman ... Chemist's Assistant
Ivan Koval-Samborsky ... Policeman
Konstantin Eggert Konstantin Eggert
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ernst Grunfeld Ernst Grunfeld ... Himself
Fyodor Ivanov Fyodor Ivanov ... (as F. Ivanov)
Sergey Komarov ... Grandfather
Frank Marshall 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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Comedy | Short

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Country:

Soviet Union

Release Date:

21 December 1925 (Soviet Union) See more »

Also Known As:

Chess Fever See more »

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Mezhrabpom-Rus See more »
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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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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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Funny.
13 April 1999 | by jeff-201See all my reviews

A clever and funny story of a man addicted to chess. Most interesting for its place in the infamous Soviet montage period of early cinema, this film takes us through the cartoon-like events of a man and his girlfriend. She becomes desperate to sway him from his chess fever, and can only think of one solution...

On the whole, the film is worth watching, short, and lots of fun.


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