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The Chess Players Rated PG

The Chess Players

Dir. Satyajit Ray. India, 1977. 2h. Hindi/Urdu/English/subs. Starring Sanjeev Kumar, Saeed Jaffrey, Richard Attenborough, Amjad Khan, Shabana Azmi, Victor Banerjee.

Set in Lucknow, India 1856, two noblemen obsessively playing chess fail to notice British rule extending into their province. Legendary Bengali director Satyajit Ray’s only Urdu language film portrays a troubled India steeped in apathy.

'Ray's movies are frequently something of an acquired taste, but it's a habit worth acquiring, as this specimen amply demonstrates.' Film4

'Ray's film is an incisive dissection of culture shock and class privilege.' Michael Atkinson, Village Voice

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