Capital Celluloid 2022 — Day 238: Sun Aug 28

The Chess Players (Ray, 1977): BFI Southbank, NFT1, 2.40pm

This 35mm presentation is part of the Satyajit Ray season at BFI Southbank (details here).

BFI introduction:
Adapting Munshi Premchand’s story, Ray once again focuses on two individuals trapped in the vortex of history. Ruling Nawab Wajed Ali Shah, a poet and lover of arts, is ordered to step down by Lord Outram. As that feud plays out on a national stage, two friends play chess, oblivious to the changes taking place around them. Betrayal, on a personal and wider political scale, lies at the heart of this visually dazzling, richly rewarding drama.

Here (and) above is the trailer.

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