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The Chess Players Director Satyajit Ray takes on India's colonial past in a refined satire about an ambitious British general (Richard Attenborough) with designs on a...The Chess PlayersForeign LanguagePT129M Director Satyajit Ray takes on India's colonial past in a refined satire about an ambitious British general (Richard Attenborough) with designs on a...2006-04-14
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The Chess Players

Genre: Foreign Language; Starring: Sanjeev Kumar, Saeed Jaffrey; Director: Satyajit Ray; Author: Satyajit Ray; Runtime (in minutes): 129

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.

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