The Luzhin Defence

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From 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.

  1. Marleen Gorris


Top Billed Cast

  1. John Turturro

    John Turturro

    Aleksandr Ivanovich 'Sascha' Luzhin

  2. Emily Watson

    Emily Watson

    Natalia Katkov

  3. Geraldine James

    Geraldine James

    Vera, Natalia's Mother

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 49m

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Release Information

  • April 20, 2001



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