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Werner von Basil (a Austrian intellectual) was captured by the Nazi in 1938. The want to break him to confess smuggling. Without any mental sustenance, the only thing left to keep his mind busy is an old tactics book for chess.

  1. Gerd Oswald

    Director, Writer

  2. Stefan Zweig


  3. Harold Medford


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  1. Curd Jürgens

    Curd Jürgens

    Werner von Basil

  2. Claire Bloom

    Claire Bloom

    Irene Andreny

  3. Hansjörg Felmy

    Hansjörg Felmy

    Hans Berger

  4. Mario Adorf

    Mario Adorf

    Mirko Centowic

  5. Hans Söhnker

    Hans Söhnker

    Bishop Ambrosse

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Original Title Schachnovelle

Status Released

Release Information

  • September 16, 1960


Original Language German

Runtime 1h 42m

Budget -

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