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The Luzhin Defence

  • If I corner his rook I can capture his girlfriend...

Set sometime around the late 1920s, we find the world's greatest chess player in Italy for a match against his biggest rival. Since boyhood, his life has been devoted to chess, making him socially inept. Now here in Italy, he falls in love for the first time, which causes considerable stress and upheaval in his life. Throw in that his former teacher is conspiring to have him lose the match, and the scene is set for gameplay at its best.


108 minutes, Parental Guidance
Drama, Romance

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Credits
Cast
John Turturro, Emily Watson, Geraldine James, Stuart Wilson, Christopher Thompson, Fabio Sartor, Peter Blythe
Director
Marleen Gorris
ScreenplayPeter Berry, novel by Vladimir Nabokov
MusicAlexandre Desplat
CinematographyBernard Lutic
Sound formatsDolby Digital
SoundtrackNot available
Made in2000
Produced byClear Blue Sky Productions, France 2 Cinéma, ICE3, Lantia Cinema, Magic Média, Renaissance Films




Ratings
Scale (Max)20
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Sunday TimesBarry Ronge15
RapportPaul Boekkooi16
International Media
ReelViews (USA)James Berardinelli15
Film Review (UK)James Mottram15
Total Film (UK)Tom Dawson10
IMDB221 Netizens16
Average .. 63%13


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