Dangerous Moves

Synopsis: Two masters of chess duel each other not only in their game but also in their different ideologies. The veteran Akiva is a Soviet Jew and ferocious Communist, master of his game but also dealing with a declining health while the young and restless genius Pavius has defected to the West to escape from the Communism tentacles. Their differences will be put to test while they're both competing in the World Chess Championship, with a huge prize at stake just as much as the political ideologies behind those characters.
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Richard Dembo
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
100 min

I'll have it lowered if it bothers me.

- He also wants heavier pieces.

- That won't help him play any better.

But the cameras, the installations...

It makes no difference,

Anastase Inanovitch.

I'm deaf.

Honestly, Akiva Israelovitch,

I just don't understand you!

- What do you live on?

- The generosity of my friends.

- They say you're an American anent.

- What does an American anent earn?

- Do you see yourself as a dissident?

- Absolutely not. I'm an exile.

- You weren't involved in politics?

- Of course I was, since the cradle.

When I was a Young Pioneer,

I not a demerit for glorifying Stalin.

That was the Khrushchev era.

I was already a joker by then.

What is a joker?

A free man.

Back home, there are jokes

called "two by fours."

Two years in prison for listening to them,

four years for telling them.

But seriously, you were a member of the

Communist Party. Liebskind never was.

The party decides

who joins and who doesn't.

In Lithuania, you have to join the party.

You have no choice.

What about Liebskind?

Ask him yourself.

But speak up, 'cause he's deaf.

Why do you refuse to shake his hand?

Are you sure he hasn't been ordered

to refuse to shake mine?

Do you have any news of your wife?

I'd rather not talk about her.

I don't know anything.

I've had no news.

I fear the worst.

- Hello, Andre.

- Hello.

What floor?

- You tired? Want to play a name?

- No, thanks.

- Are you broke?

- Yes, very.

I can find you simultaneous matches

at an exhibition.

- I was thinking you might need me.

- Think again.

Fear has made you mean, Pavius.

You know all about fear.

You're an expert.

World champion coward.

You afraid of me?

Forget about getting

your revenge through me.

See you.

Good luck.

Shut up! That's bad luck.

You don't need help

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Richard Dembo

Richard Dembo (24 May 24 1948 – 11 November 2004) was a French director and screenwriter. Dembo achieved worldwide recognition with his first film: La diagonale du fou. For the direction of this film, Dembo received an Oscar in 1984 for best foreign film, as well as other numerous awards (César, Prix Louis Delluc). Michel Piccoli starred in the film as a Jewish citizen of the USSR. In 1993 Dembo directed L'instinct de l'ange with Hélène Vincent, Jean-Louis Trintignant, François Cluzet und Lambert Wilson. After a long pause during which he directed no films, Dembo directed his last film Nina's House. On 11 November 2004, Dembo unexpectedly died in Paris under the symptoms of an intestinal obstruction. He was buried in Israel. more…

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