Thursday, 21 February 2013
Vsevolod Pudovkin: Chess Fever - Шахматная горячка (1925)
Directors: Vsevolod Pudovkin, Nikolai Shpikovsky
Writer: Nikolai Shpikovsky
Stars: Boris Barnet, José Raúl Capablanca and Zakhar Darevsky
Chess Fever is a fascinating glimpse of everyday life in Lenin's Moscow. Pudovkin plays a classic montage trick, this time on the international chess stars who have gathered in Moscow for a tournament. Sending his crew to the tournament under the pretence that they are making a newsreel, he intercuts the players' concentrated faces with shots of his own actors in a frivolous love story about a woman driven half-mad by her chess-addict boyfriend.