La Diagonale du Fou (Dangerous Moves)
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La Diagonale du Fou (Dangerous Moves)
Michel Piccoli plays Akiva Liebskind, a Russian chess genius in the Swiss-filmed Dangerous Moves. He is pitted against Soviet exile Pavius Fromm (Alexandre Arbatt), who, since childhood, has dreamed of nothing but defeating Liebskind. Both men soon become obsessed with winning. Already suffering from a weak heart, Liebskind courts a coronary, while the increasingly paranoid Fromm is convinced that his opponent is spying on him from every corner. The KGB enters into the game by attempting to sabotage Fromm, hoping that by doing so they will discredit everyone who's ever publicly opposed the… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This well executed thriller about a chess game between a Soviet citizen and a Soviet exile won the 1984 foreign lingo Oscar"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"a relatively charming endgame doesn't save Dangerous Moves from its ordinary opening and unimaginative middle game performances."
‑ John A. Nesbit, ToxicUniverse.com
"An engrossing Swiss film that offers a behind-the-scenes look at the cerebral sport of chess."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"a metaphor for not just east vs. west, but life vs. life."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"This movie has dated considerably and can best be called a cold war relic. Still, I did find it intriguing and an interesting premise."
‑ Jamie Gillies, Apollo Guide
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