The Luzhin Defence

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  • PG-13
  • Genre(s): Drama Romance
  • Release year: 2000
  • Running time: 109 min
Set in the late 1920s, The Luzhin Defence tells the story of a shambling, unworldly chess Grand Master who arrives in the Italian Lakes to play the match of his life and unexpectedly finds the love of his life. Discovering his prodigious talent in... read more
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Set in the late 1920s, The Luzhin Defence tells the story of a shambling, unworldly chess Grand Master who arrives in the Italian Lakes to play the match of his life and unexpectedly finds the love of his life. Discovering his prodigious talent in boyhood overshadowed by his parents' failing marriage, Luzhin's lyrical passion for chess has become his refuge and rendered the real world a phantom. Already matched up by her family to the very suitable Comte de Stassard, when Natalia meets Luzhin, she is drawn to the erratic genius and offers him a glimpse outside of his chess obsession. But it is a world he is not equipped to deal with and his two worlds collide to tragic effect.

Original Release

09/08/2000

US Release

04/20/2001

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Cast

John Turturro Aleksandr Ivanovich 'Sascha' Luzhin / Luzhin
Stuart Wilson Valentinov / Valentionov
Emily Watson Natalia Katkov / Natalia
Christopher Thompson Stassard
Geraldine James Vera, Natalia's Mother / Vera
Fabio Sartor Turati
Peter Blythe Ilya
Orla Brady Anna
Mark Tandy Luzhin's Father
Kelly Hunter Luzhin's Mother
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Marleen Gorris

Writers

Vladimir Nabokov, Peter Berry

Cast

John Turturro Aleksandr Ivanovich 'Sascha' Luzhin / Luzhin
Stuart Wilson Valentinov / Valentionov
Emily Watson Natalia Katkov / Natalia
Christopher Thompson Stassard
Geraldine James Vera, Natalia's Mother / Vera
Fabio Sartor Turati
Peter Blythe Ilya
Orla Brady Anna
Mark Tandy Luzhin's Father
Kelly Hunter Luzhin's Mother
Alexander Hunting Young Luzhin
Alfredo Pea 1st Official
Fabio Pasquini 2nd Official
Luigi Petrucci Santucci
Carlo Greco Hotel Manager
Massimo Sarchielli Tailor
Luca Foggiano Fascist
Antonio Carli Fascist
David Ambrosi Fascist
Géza Schramek Maitre'D

Producers

Editors

Michiel Reichwein

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