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 politically naive… 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 politically naive…
DVD Review

The Chess Players (2006)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Apr 18, 2006; DVD Release Date: Apr 18, 2006; Genre: Foreign Language; With: Sanjeev Kumar and Saeed Jaffrey

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.

Originally posted Apr 14, 2006 Published in issue #873 Apr 21, 2006 Order article reprints