Friends of the National Library/Reel McCoy Film Screening
THE CHESS PLAYERS
(India 1977) 120 min. 16 mm
Director: Satyajit Ray
Cast: Sanjeev Kumar, Saeed Jaffrey, Shabana Azmi, Farida Jalal, Veena
It’s 1856 in Northern India, and the British are looking to annex another kingdom. A British General comes on a secret mission to gauge the opposition, only to find a ruler who is more interested in poetry and music, and courtiers who spend their time obsessively playing chess. Satyajit Ray’s satirical drama about the defence of India is sumptuous, lyrical, comic and beautiful to watch.
Print courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia
Entry is free, but you must be a member of the Friends of the National Library or the Reel McCoy Film Society. Membership cards must be shown at the door. Bookings not required.