The Luzhin Defence (2001)

Luzhin Defence
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating PG 13
Runtime 1hr 46mins.
Genres Drama, Adaptation, Romance, Period
Keywords N/A
Status Released
US Release Date
  
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Nathalie Tanner Production Coordinator n/a 162 5000005
Tommy Gormley Assistant Director n/a 163 5000004
Bernard Lutic Director of Photography n/a 120780 6000001
Michiel Reichwein Editor n/a 172 7000001
Alexandre Desplat Music n/a 120781 8000001
Andrew Warren Line Producer n/a 161 5000003
Lazlo Sipos Unit Production Manager n/a 182 5000002
Peter Berry Screenplay n/a 120778 4000001
Vladimir Nabokov Source Material n/a 120786 4000002
Vladimir Nabokov Source Material (from novel) ("The Defence") 120793 4000003
Rosanna Roditi Unit Production Manager n/a 182 5000001
Alexandre Desplat Music Conductor n/a 120818 8000002
Alexandre Desplat Original Music n/a 120838 8000003
Peter Glossop Sound n/a 120816 14000001
Roseann Samuel Hairdresser make-up and hair designer 121014 13000002
Craig Irving Sound n/a 120816 14000002
Charles McDonald Publicity n/a 120789 29000001
Claudia Kalindjian Publicity n/a 120789 29000002
Jany Temime Costume Designer n/a 169 13000001
Celestia Fox Casting Director n/a 157 10000001
Tony Burrough Production Designer n/a 164 9000001
Dominic Smithers Set Decorator n/a 165 9000002
John Hill Art Director n/a 183 9000003
Sara-Jane Cornish Art Director n/a 183 9000004
Eric Robison Co-Producer n/a 170 3000007
Leo Pescarolo Co-Producer n/a 170 3000006
Mark Tandy Actor Luzhin's Father 1 1000009
Orla Brady Actor Anna 1 1000008
Kelly Hunter Actor Luzhin's Mother 1 1000010
Alexander Hunting Actor Young Luzhin 1 1000011
Alfredo Pea Actor 1st Official 1 1000012
Peter Blythe Actor Ilya 1 1000007
Fabio Sartor Actor Turati 1 1000006
Emily Watson Actor Natalia 1 1000002
Geraldine James Actor Vera 1 1000003
Stuart Wilson Actor Valentinov 1 1000004
Christopher Thompson Actor Comte Jean de Stassard 1 1000005
Fabio Pasquini Actor 2nd Official 1 1000013
Luigi Petrucci Actor Santucci 1 1000014
Louis Becker Producer n/a 3 3000002
Stephen Evans Producer n/a 3 3000001
Caroline Wood Producer n/a 3 3000003
Philippe Guez Producer n/a 3 3000004
Jody Allen Executive Producer n/a 174 3000005
Marleen Gorris Director n/a 2 2000001
David Ambrosi Actor Fascist 1 1000019
Carlo Greco Actor Hotel Manager 1 1000015
Massimo Sarchielli Actor Tailor 1 1000016
Luca Foggiano Actor Fascist 1 1000017
Antonio Carli Actor Fascist 1 1000018
John Turturro Actor Alexander Luzhin 1 1000001
Synopsis
Set in the late 1920s, Luzhin is a shambling, unworldly chess Grand Master who arrives in the Italian Lakes to play the match of his life and unexpectedly finds the love of his life. Discovering his prodigious talent in boyhood overshadowed by his parents' failing marriage, Luzhin's lyrical passion for chess has become his refuge and rendered the real world a phantom. Already matched up by her family to the very suitable Comte de Stassard, when Natalia meets Luzhin she is drawn to the erratic genius and offers him a glimpse outside of his chess obsession. But it is a world he is not equipped to deal with, and his two worlds collide to tragic effect.
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