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June 9th, 2010


Shakhmatnaya goryachka (Chess Fever)

Director: Pudovkin, Genre: Silents, Released: 1925. The short 19-minute film, Chess Fever (Shakhmatnaya goryachka), finishes Kino Video's trio of Soviet silent classics with a delightful flourish. Chess enthusiasts will especially enjoy this little gem since it features actual footage from the 1925 Moscow international tournament with a number of legendary grandmasters: Richard Reti, Ernst Grunfeld, Carlos Torre, and Frank Marshall (former U.S. champion). But highlighting the silent is a crucial cameo role by one of the greatest world champions of all time, José Raul Capablanca!

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