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The Chess Player (1927)

Le joueur d'échecs (original title)
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.

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Raymond Bernard
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Pierre Blanchar ... Boleslas Vorowski
Charles Dullin Charles Dullin ... Baron von Kempelen
Édith Jéhanne Édith Jéhanne ... Sophie Novinska
Camille Bert Camille Bert ... Maj. Nicolaieff
Pierre Batcheff ... Prince Serge Oblomoff
Marcelle Charles Dullin Marcelle Charles Dullin ... Catherine II (as Marcelle Charles)
Jackie Monnier ... Wanda (as Jacky Monnier)
Armand Bernard ... Roubenko
Alexiane ... Olga
Pierre Hot Pierre Hot ... King Stanislas
Jaime Devesa Jaime Devesa ... Prince Orloff
Fridette Fatton Fridette Fatton ... Pola
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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.

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

17 May 1930 (USA) See more »

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The Chess Player See more »

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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New documentary uses clips from The Chess Player
1 October 2003 | by cansceneSee all my reviews

"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 <theTurkbook.com?> 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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