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189 Ratings

The Chess Players

Shatranj Ke Khilari

Directed by Satyajit Ray
India, 1977
Comedy, Drama


A lush satire about colonialism and its enabling upper castes, in which two “landed gentry” in the 1850s self-indulgently play chess as their marriages, their homes, and their nation collapse in a multi-level siege of careless gaming.

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The Chess Players Directed by Satyajit Ray

Critics reviews

Ray plays all his cards face up, and, hence, he neither cheats nor surprises us. His preparation is very slow, but his payoff is all the richer for his patience.
May 22, 1978
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