La diagonale du fou (1984) AKA Dangerous Moves


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.

Director: Richard Dembo. AKA Dangerous Moves
Stars: Michel Piccoli, Alexandre Arbatt, Liv Ullmann, Leslie Caron, Daniel Olbrychski, Michel Aumont, Wojciech Pszoniak, Jean-Hugues Anglade, Hubert Saint-Macary, Serge Avedikian, Pierre Michael, Pierre Vial, Bernhard Wicki, Jacques Boudet, Benoît Régent, Sylvie Granotier, Albert Simono, Marcel Tassimot.

1984 Prix Louis Delluc Winner.
1985 Academy Awards – Winner of an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.
1985 Golden Globes – Nominated for Best Foreign Film.


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