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Which Chess player do you think there should be a movie about?


  • 8 months ago · Quote · #221

    fabelhaft

    There are numerous movies about athletes, boxers, race car drivers, football players, etc, and I doubt that there would be less of interest to say about the lives of Alekhine or Morphy than about James Hunt and Niki Lauda (IMDb lists Rush as the most popular sports film at the moment). 

    For example Chariots of Fire was great, and it wouldn't be impossible to make something similar about a chess player, but for commercially successful a boxer or wrestler would probably work much better. They couldn't well pick Hugh Jackman to be Steinitz, but it isn't difficult to imagine a good movie based on the life of the latter.

  • 8 months ago · Quote · #222

    Elder_Knight

    socialista wrote:

    This are two movies that I think are not in the wikipedia in english, so maybe you haven´t see them:

    Capablanca ...

    Capablanca?  Is that the one where Bogart says "Play it again, Sam"?

     

    ;)

  • 8 months ago · Quote · #223

    NomadicKnight

    Jion_Wansu wrote:

    A movie about Magnus Carlsen?

    "Magnus Carlsen: The story of a tragic fall into madness" --- Wait foooor it.... 50 years from now we could be talking about the guy like we now talk about Bobby Fischer. Wink

  • 8 months ago · Quote · #224

    Xeelfiar

    Reti would be interesting too

  • 8 months ago · Quote · #225

    SmyslovFan

    fabelhaft wrote:

    There are numerous movies about athletes, boxers, race car drivers, football players, etc, and I doubt that there would be less of interest to say about the lives of Alekhine or Morphy than about James Hunt and Niki Lauda (IMDb lists Rush as the most popular sports film at the moment). 

    For example Chariots of Fire was great, and it wouldn't be impossible to make something similar about a chess player, but for commercially successful a boxer or wrestler would probably work much better. They couldn't well pick Hugh Jackman to be Steinitz, but it isn't difficult to imagine a good movie based on the life of the latter.

    Chariots of Fire isn't a biopic, it is a story about preparing for the Olympics. What made that story compelling wasn't the sport, but the competing interests of church, state, social class, family, and glory. Get all of those elements together in a chess movie, and you may have a hit. 

    One idea may be to tell the story of the Mannheim Chess tournament of 1914, or the Triberg tournaments, set up among expats who could not go home during the Great War. 

    Don't try to tell the story of a chess player, that's too boring. Most of the good stuff happens without any "action". Tell a story about people who happen to be really good chess players. The best chess movies, The Seventh Seal, Searching for Bobby Fischer, and Dangerous Moves, all focused on the people who were playing the games. 

  • 8 months ago · Quote · #226

    Spiritbro77

    It is possible to make a great movie about virtually any subject. Migrant workers in the depression? "The Grapes of Wrath". A washed up boxer who's taken way to many beatings? "Rocky".  Another bank heist movie? Please no more! Then came "Reservoir Dogs".


    Take an interesting player, write an epic script, and if everything goes right....director, casting etc. You've got something. 


  • 8 months ago · Quote · #227

    Spiritbro77

    "Chariots of Fire isn't a biopic, it is a story about preparing for the Olympics. What made that story compelling wasn't the sport, but the competing interests of church, state, social class, family, and glory. Get all of those elements together in a chess movie, and you may have a hit."

     

    And there's no reason you couldn't get most if not all of those elements in a chess movie.

     

    Bronstein was 17 when the Nazi's invaded. His eyesight was too poor to be a soldier so they had him play chess with wounded men in hospital. A great screenwriter could turn that story into an excellent script. Get the right Director and casting and you've go something.

    The story of his match with Botvinnik and all the politics surrounding that contest could also make an interesting subject. 

    Morphy's tragic final days should make a dramatic work if the screenplay is right.

  • 8 months ago · Quote · #228

    Spiritbro77

    The1899Club wrote:

    Rocky wasn't a washed up boxer.  The character was written as a talented amateur boxer that successfully proved himself against a top professional boxer.

    In a way, the 2006 film Invincible, being the story of Vince Papale, has the same plot.  Both films are also set in 1970's Philadelphia.

    You might want to re-watch Rocky. It opens with him taking a terrible beating in a backroom ring. At the start of that film he's down on his luck, living in the ghetto, and breaking legs for a hood to make rent. He's punch drunk. His prospects are so bad Mick turns him down when Rocky asks to train there. Then the miracle chance gets thrown his way and Mick changes his mind.... If it wasn't for that miracle chance his career was over.... Rocky was the story of a man so far down he can't SEE up and he overcomes that extreme adversity to draw the Champion.

  • 8 months ago · Quote · #229

    RonaldJosephCote

            To 1899Club; post227; I can't see it either, but people in Hoolywood are VERY creative. Would it be realistic?  eh?

  • 8 months ago · Quote · #230

    RonaldJosephCote

            I think the alternate ending of,"Gravity" had George Clooney drifting off into outer space, and he pulls out a chess set from his suit, and starts playing!

  • 8 months ago · Quote · #231

    SmyslovFan

    The1899Club wrote:

    My good sir, please explain how you would incorporate the elements of "(1) church, (2) state, (3) social class, (4) family, and (5) glory" into a film about chess.

    For the life of me I cannot see it.  Please elaborate.

    Make a movie about Akiba Rubinstein compared to Emanuel Lasker or Sammy Reshevsky compared to Bobby Fischer. Or Bill Lombardy... 

    Or, just read some of the stories by Nabokov.

    There already is an excellent movie about family, politics and social pressures in chess: Dangerous Moves. It won an Oscar for best foreign film.

  • 8 months ago · Quote · #232

    ingridev

    Kasparov. That would be awesome.

    I don't see how they can make a great movie about Magnus Carlsen at this point (unless it's documentaries, but it's enough of them already!). 

  • 8 months ago · Quote · #233

    netzach

    Paul Keres.

  • 8 months ago · Quote · #234

    ConnorMacleod_151

    Definitely Kasparov. Casting??

    I reckon Gerald Butler Tongue Out

  • 8 months ago · Quote · #235

    Buster30

    Mikhail Tal :)

  • 7 months ago · Quote · #236

    MrDamonSmith

    I just saw The Wolf Of Wallstreet & it was wild!! 

    I just can't picture them trying to get chessplayers into a story like that but it would be sooo cool. Maybe Magnus could be the main character. If y'all haven't had a chance to see it, you should. Adults only though. Ahem... clearing throught... adults only. 

  • 7 months ago · Quote · #237

    KenyDurant

    Alexander Alekhine's story is pretty interesting.

  • 7 months ago · Quote · #238

    MrDamonSmith

    Oh, & the Kasparov movie idea: he was asked about that. He was asked if a movie were made about his life who did he think would be a good pick for an actor portraying him. He said Joaquin Phoenix. 

  • 7 months ago · Quote · #239

    tmodel66

    Me.  "Adventures of a C Player".  It would have mass appeal because most of us suck at chess.

  • 7 months ago · Quote · #240

    MrDamonSmith

    Or The Backyard Professor: The adventures of a G player. Rated G of course.


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