Dangerous Moves (1984)

Dangerous Moves (1984)

Released: 1984
Genre: Drama, Genre, Sport, Thriller
Director: Richard Dembo
Starring: Liv Ullmann, Alexandre Arbatt, Michel Piccoli, ,
Run time: 110 min
IMDb: 6.8/10
Country: France
Views: 176033

Synopsis

Storyline:
Two masters of chess duel each other not only in their game but also in their different ideologies. The veteran Akiva is a Soviet Jew and ferocious Communist, master of his game but also dealing with a declining health while the young and restless genius Pavius has defected to the West to escape from the Communism tentacles. Their differences will be put to test while they’re both competing in the World Chess Championship, with a huge prize at stake just as much as the political ideologies behind those characters.
Written by
Rodrigo Amaro
User Reviews: Two masters of chess duel each other not only in their game but also in their different ideologies. The veteran Akiva is a Soviet Jew and ferocious Communist, master of his game but also dealing with a declining health while the young and restless genius Pavius has defected to the West to escape from the Communist tentacles.

I love that this is billed as the "thinking man’s Rocky". First, this assumes that "Rocky" is not for thinking men, which is not necessarily true. It may not be high art, but it’s still a good movie. But that aside, I find it interesting to compare a film about a boxer with one about chess players.

Anyway, whether we accept that marketing or not, it really is a good film. I’m curious about how accurate the subtitles are (they notoriously changed "eight" to "ten" in an early scene) but even if the film was silent, it is quite visually appealing.

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