Schachnovelle (1960) AKA Brainwashed


The Nazis capture an Austrian aristocrat and imprison him in solitary confinement and deprived of all intellectual stimulation. Once there, he is manipulated and interrogated in an effort to force him to reveal secret information vital to his captors. Struggling to keep his sanity, he fights back with the only means available to him–a book on chess hidden in his cell.

Director: Gerd Oswald. AKA Brainwashed
Writers: Stefan Zweig (novel), Harold Medford, Gerd Oswald, Herbert Reinecker.
Stars: Curd Jürgens, Claire Bloom, Hansjörg Felmy, Mario Adorf, Albert Bessler, Rudolf Forster, Alan Gifford, Jan Hendriks, Albert Lieven, Harald Maresch, Dietmar Schönherr, Karel Stepanek, Wolfgang Wahl, Hans Söhnker.

1960 Venice Film Festival – Nominated for the Golden Lion.


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