The Chess Players

Overview

Based on a story by Munshi Premchand, and much influenced by Vsevolod Pudovkin's 1925 film Chess Fever, this satirical film by noted Indian director Satyajit Ray is set in colonial India in 1856. The British Resident of the East India Company Richard Attenborough has observed that the monarch of Lucknow, which is in his trading region, seems to be completely uninterested in government. He tries to arrange things so that he can annex the province. Embroiled in a long-running chess rivalry, two local noblemen ...
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Overview

Based on a story by Munshi Premchand, and much influenced by Vsevolod Pudovkin's 1925 film Chess Fever, this satirical film by noted Indian director Satyajit Ray is set in colonial India in 1856. The British Resident of the East India Company Richard Attenborough has observed that the monarch of Lucknow, which is in his trading region, seems to be completely uninterested in government. He tries to arrange things so that he can annex the province. Embroiled in a long-running chess rivalry, two local noblemen played by Sanjeev Kumar and Saeed Jaffrey cannot be bothered with such minor issues as who is governing whom. Meanwhile, conditions in the kingdom go from bad to worse.
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Special Features

Satyajit Ray: Selected filmography; Original British poster art; Optional English subtitles
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/18/2006
  • UPC: 738329040826
  • Original Release: 1977
  • Rating:

  • Source: Kino Video
  • Presentation: Subtitled / Full Frame
  • Time: 1:55:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 64,913

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Attenborough Gen. Outram
Amjad Khan Nawab Wazed Ali Shah
Sanjeev Kumar Mirza Saljad Ali
Saeed Jaffrey Mir Roshan Ali
Shabana Azmi Mirza's wife
Farida Jalal Mir's wife
Victor Banerjee Prime Minister
Technical Credits
Satyajit Ray Director, Score Composer, Screenwriter
Bansi Chandragupta Production Designer
Dulal Dutta Editor
Siresh Jinda Producer
Soumendu Roy Cinematographer
Narinder Singh Sound/Sound Designer
Shama Zaidi Costumes/Costume Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Chess Players
1. Leisure [5:56]
2. Treaty [4:20]
3. King's Poem [6:23]
4. Rumors [9:04]
5. Neglected Wife [12:14]
6. New Treaty [2:35]
7. Missing Pieces [7:26]
8. King [5:49]
9. Idle Lords [5:40]
10. Check [10:29]
11. Checkmate [6:34]
12. Trouble at Meer's [10:42]
13. Mother [6:26]
14. Picnic [4:48]
15. The Crown [3:56]
16. No Blood [5:52]
17. The British [4:08]
18. Day Wasted [3:22]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Chess Players
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      Satyajit Ray: Selected Filmography
      Original British Poster Art
      Production Note
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