The Luzhin Defense | 2001

Drama, Adaptation
A chess master falls for an elegant aristocrat.

Cast

... Alexander Luzhin

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... Natalia

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... Vera

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... Valentinov

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... Comte Jean de Stassard

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... Turati

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... Ilya

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... Anna

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... Luzhin's Father

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... Luzhin's Mother

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... Young Luzhin

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... 1st Official

Actor

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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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