By Tim Purtell
Updated April 14, 2006 at 04:00 AM EDT
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The Chess Players

type
  • Movie

Director Satyajit Ray takes on India’s colonial past in a refined satire about an ambitious British general (Richard Attenborough) with designs on a politically naive king’s realm. Emphasizing that the fate of many is often decided by a few, Ray focuses on a handful of characters, one greedy, the rest mostly foolish, particularly the affectionately observed chess players (Sanjeev Kumar and Saeed Jaffrey), so obsessed with a game that they’re oblivious to the impending upheaval. Unlike the director’s emotionally rich Apu Trilogy, The Chess Players is more admirable than stirring. EXTRAS A list of Ray’s films and a poster.

The Chess Players

type
  • Movie
genre
mpaa
runtime
  • 129 minutes
director
  • Satyajit Ray

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