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Chess Fever

Chess Fever
Directed by Vsevolod Pudovkin
Nikolai Shpikovsky
Written by Nikolai Shpikovsky
Cinematography Anatoli Golovnya
Studio Mezhrabpom-Russ
Release date(s) 21 December 1925
Running time 18 minutes (400 meters)
Country Soviet Union
Language Silent film with
Russian intertitles

Chess Fever (Russian: Шахматная горячка, Shakhmatnaya goryachka) is a 1925 Soviet silent comedy film directed by Vsevolod Pudovkin and Nikolai Shpikovsky. Chess Fever is a comedy about the Moscow 1925 chess tournament, made by Pudovkin during the pause in the filming of Mechanics of the Brain.[1] The film combines acted parts with the actual footage from the tournament.


The hero's (Vladimir Fogel) preoccupation with chess leads to him missing his own wedding ceremony, but the marital peace is restored with the help of the World Chess Champion, José Raúl Capablanca.


  • José Raúl Capablanca – the World Champion
  • Vladimir Fogel – the boy
  • Anna Zemtsova – the girl
  • Natalya Glan
  • Zakhar Darevsky
  • Frank Marshall – himself (cameo)
  • Mikhail Zharov – house painter
  • Anatoli Ktorov – tram passenger
  • Yakov Protazanov – chemist
  • Yuli Raizman – chemist's assistant
  • Ivan Koval-Samborsky – policeman
  • Konstantin Eggert
  • Fyodor Otsep – game spectator (uncredited)
  • Sergei Komarov – grandfather (uncredited)

See also



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External links

  • Internet Movie Database
  • , version with English subtitles, on YouTube
  • , part 1, on YouTube
  • , part 2, on YouTube
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