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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 »

Director:

Wolfgang Petersen

Writers:

Jochen Wedegärtner (teleplay), Karl Heinz Willschrei (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bruno Ganz ... Thomas Rosemund
Gila von Weitershausen ... Marie Rosemund
René Deltgen ... Lindford
Ljuba Tadic ... Stefan Koruga (as Ljubo Tadic)
Alexander Hegarth Alexander Hegarth ... Vater Rosemund
Joachim Wichmann ... Grünfeld
Markus Helis Markus Helis ... Thomas als Kind
Elke Schuessler Elke Schuessler ... Marie als Kind
Gudrun Vaupel Gudrun Vaupel ... Mutter Rosemund
Eberhard Stanjek Eberhard Stanjek ... Moderator
Alexis von Hagemeister Alexis von Hagemeister ... Wilke
Annemarie Wendl Annemarie Wendl ... Ärztin
Anton Petje Anton Petje
Sandi Colnik Sandi Colnik
France Severkar 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 capitalism is preferable to socialism. Written by David Stevens

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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

13 September 1978 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Black and White Like Day and Night See more »

Filming Locations:

Slovenia See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Black and white like the fields on the chess board
10 October 1999 | by Phil-249See all my reviews

Highly gifted mathematician and computer specialist (Bruno Ganz) develops a chess program that should be able to defeat every opponent but one day loses against the world champion. Therefore the mathematician "swears vengeance" and becomes a chess pro himself, but his passion for the game turns to sick paranoia.

This could be seen as a critical movie about the chess scene but there's more to it. Ganz (exceptional) plays a man who's trapped in his own dream world and finally succumbs to it (there are parallels to the later "Erfinder" (Inventor) Ganz stars in, and other parallels to the abysmal "Knight moves" with Christopher Lambert). Furthermore, the whole film is an allegory for a politic and economic system that's become unbearable. It's only drawback are it's TV roots. Otherwise this could have been a great cineastic pleasure.


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