Chess Player
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The Chess Player (Le Jouer D'Echecs) is based on an old European fable about a despotic king who came to grief via his obsession with a mechanical chess-playing machine. For the purposes of this film, the fable is incorporated in an inspirational story about a young, courageous Polish woman, a patriot in the Joan of Arc mold. The action takes place during the reign of Czarish Catherine II, when Poland was under the thumb of the Russians. The film's dramatic highlight was one of the most astonishing sequences in all of French cinema: On the verge of madness because her beloved Polish… More

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The Chess Player is a striking archeological discovery from the year that bridged the silent and sound eras, and is a fine title for cinephiles easing into the European silents."
‑ Mark Bourne, DVDJournal.com
"you have to wonder why this treasure of world cinema is not spoken of in the same breath as INTOLERANCE or PANDORA'S BOX"
‑ Andrea Chase, Killer Movie Reviews
"Magnificent visuals."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A nonstop visual and aural masterpiece"
‑ Lewis Whittington, culturevulture.net
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