The Luzhin Defense

Genre:  Romance
Running Time:  108 min.
Release year:  2001

Current rating: Rating: 4.32
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Cast: John Turturro, Emily Watson, Geraldine James, Stuart Wilson, Christopher Thompson, Fabio Sartor, Peter Blythe, Orla Brady


Set in the late 1920s, a beautiful, wealthy Russian woman, Natalia (Watson), spends her holiday at a hotel in Italy which is hosting the Chess Championships. She meets the eccentric chess Grand Master, Luzhin (Turturro), a tortured genius exploited by his teacher (Wilson).

Despite the fact she is about to marry the very suitable Comte de Stassard, and against her parents' wishes, Natalia begins to fall in love with Luzhin and decides to show him a world he's never known.

Director: Marleen Gorris
Studio: Blackwatch Releasing
Producer(s): Stephen Evans, Philippe Guez
Screenplay: Peter Berry
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