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Dangerous Moves

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Genre  Drama, Thriller
Screenplay  Richard Dembo
Writer  Richard Dembo
Language  French
6.7/10 IMDb

Director  Richard Dembo
Music director  Gabriel Yared
Country  France Switzerland
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Release date  25 April 1984 (1984-04-25)
Initial release  April 15, 1984 (West Germany)
Cast  Michel Piccoli (Akiva Liebskind), Alexandre Arbatt (Pavius Fromm), Liv Ullmann (Marina Fromm), Leslie Caron (Henia Liebskind), Wojciech Pszoniak (Le grand maître Felton - l'équipe de Fromm), Jean-Hugues Anglade (Miller, l'équipe de Fromm)
Similar movies  Knight Moves (1992), Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993), Return from the Ashes (1965), The Luzhin Defence (2000), Queen to Play (2009)

Dangerous Moves (French: La Diagonale du fou) is a 1984 French-language film about chess, directed by Richard Dembo, produced by Arthur Cohn, starring Michel Piccoli, Alexandre Arbatt, as well as Liv Ullmann, Leslie Caron, and Bernhard Wicki in prominent supporting roles.


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Its original French title is La diagonale du fou ("The Fool's Diagonal", referring to the chess piece called the bishop in English but the fool in French). The film was a co-production between companies in France and Switzerland. It tells the story of two very different men competing in the final match of the World Chess Championship. One is a 52-year-old Soviet Jew who holds the title, and the other is a 35-year-old genius who defected to the West several years earlier.

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  • Michel Piccoli as Akiva Liebskind
  • Alexandre Arbatt as Pavius Fromm
  • Liv Ullmann as Marina Fromm
  • Leslie Caron as Henia Liebskind
  • Wojciech Pszoniak as Felton, Fromm's team
  • Jean-Hugues Anglade as Miller, Fromm's team
  • Daniel Olbrychski as Tac-Tac, Liebskind's friend
  • Hubert Saint-Macary as Foldes
  • Michel Aumont as Kerossian, Liebskind's friend
  • Pierre Michaël as Yachvili
  • Serge Avedikian as Fadenko
  • Pierre Vial as Anton Heller
  • Bernhard Wicki as Puhl, arbiter
  • Jacques Boudet as Stuffli
  • Benoît Régent as Barabal
  • Awards

    The film won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1984; it was submitted by the Swiss government, and gave that nation its first Oscar win. It also won the Louis Delluc Prize, the Prix de l'Académie du Cinéma and the César Award for Best Debut.


    The CD soundtrack composed by Gabriel Yared is available on Music Box Records label (website).


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