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Wednesday, April 07, 2010 17:53
The scene in 2001: A Space Odyssey where HAL 9000 beats astronaut Frank Poole at chess, as silence before the storm, has become one of the most famous in the history of cinema. It was no coincidence that this scene was included: director Stanley Kubrick liked chess a lot, as Jeremy Bernstein reminds us in a blog post for the New York Review of...
Thursday, February 11, 2010 17:43
Chess is often represented in films. Sometimes merely as decoration, often with a deeper, symbolic meaning. In Hollywood the connotation of chess seems to be that of the lonely, disturbed man, seeking pastime and consolation in the royal game. One YouTube user has collected a great number of chess scenes in four videos. The user FightLuX posted...
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Saturday, January 09, 2010 4:11
In Joueuse a housemaid sees two people playing chess, and then falls in love with the royal game. Starring Sandrine Bonnaire and Kevin Kline, Queen to Play (English title) opened in German cinemas yesterday, where it's called Die Schachspielerin. Has anyone seen it already? The French/German film Joueuse was directed and written by Caroline...
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Wednesday, September 30, 2009 10:01
The pieces with which a medieval knight played chess against Death in Ingmar Bergman's famous The Seventh Seal (1957) have been sold on Tuesday for one million Swedish crowns (€ 97,710; $142,353), says auction house Bukowski's. The chess pieces were just one of 337 items, including film prizes and awards, that belonged to Bergman and were...