Dangerous Moves


(out of 5)

Original title:  La Diagonale Du Fou

Dry but intelligent drama about the clash of political ideologies over a game of chess. Model Soviet citizen  arrives in Geneva for a world chess championship against , a Russian who defected from his home country long ago. Wits are matched and the classic game of strategy is used as the nucleus of the argument between communist repression and capitalist indulgence.  makes a small appearance, badly dubbed in French, as Arbatt’s estranged wife; the dramatic intensity that she brings to all of her roles is there, but not hearing her use her own voice causes her to come off more than a bit plastic. Piccoli and Arbatt are terrific, on their own and opposite each other, and they bring much life to Richard Dembo’s otherwise staid, elegant but sometimes dull direction.

La Cécilia, Michael Arthur Films, Ministère de la Culture

France/Switzerland, 1984

Directed by

Screenplay by Richard Dembo

Cinematography by

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by 

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1984

Golden Globe Awards 1984

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