Schachnovelle

Schachnovelle

BR Deutschland 1960, Spielfilm

Inhalt

Brainwashed

In this free adaptation of Stefan Zweig′s novella, Viennese lawyer Dr. Werner von Bastil gets arrested by the Gestapo when Germany occupies Austria in 1938. They want to know about the hiding place of some precious art treasures and put von Bastil into solitary confinement which nearly drives him mad. During an interrogation, von Bastil manages to steal a chess textbook. To save himself from mental isolation, he obsessively learns to play chess in his mind which drives him even more insane. Later, after his release, he meets the chess world champion on an ocean liner and is tempted to play a chess match against him. But after losing the match, von Bastil is on the verge of completely losing his mind. His only salvation is to give up playing chess once and for all.

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Credits

Director:Gerd Oswald
Screenplay:Harold Medford, Gerd Oswald
Director of photography:Günther Senftleben
Editing:Klaus M. Eckstein
Music:Hans-Martin Majewski
  
Cast: 
Curd JürgensWerner von Basil
Claire BloomIrene Andreny
Hansjörg FelmyHans Berger
Mario AdorfMirko Centowic
Albert LievenHartmann
Alan GiffordMaclver
Dietmar SchönherrRabbiner
Karl StepanekBaranow
Wolfgang WahlMondgesicht
Rudolf ForsterHotel-Geschäftsführer
Albert BesslerWissenschaftler
Jan Hendriks1. Offizier
Harald MareschBalletmeister
Dorothea WieckGräfin
Ryk de GooyerBergers Sekretär
Susanne KörberJunge Dame
Hans SöhnkerBischof Ambroß
  
Production company:Roxy Film GmbH & Co. KG (München)
Producer:Luggi Waldleitner (Gesamtleitung)

All Credits

Director:Gerd Oswald
Screenplay:Harold Medford, Gerd Oswald
Co-author:Herbert Reinecker (Drehbuch-Bearbeitung)
Adaptation:Herbert Reinecker
based on:Stefan Zweig (Novelle)
Director of photography:Günther Senftleben
Production design:Wolf Englert, Ernst Richter
Costume design:Ursula Stutz
Editing:Klaus M. Eckstein
Sound:Bernhard Reicherts
Music:Hans-Martin Majewski
  
Cast: 
Curd JürgensWerner von Basil
Claire BloomIrene Andreny
Hansjörg FelmyHans Berger
Mario AdorfMirko Centowic
Albert LievenHartmann
Alan GiffordMaclver
Dietmar SchönherrRabbiner
Karl StepanekBaranow
Wolfgang WahlMondgesicht
Rudolf ForsterHotel-Geschäftsführer
Albert BesslerWissenschaftler
Jan Hendriks1. Offizier
Harald MareschBalletmeister
Dorothea WieckGräfin
Ryk de GooyerBergers Sekretär
Susanne KörberJunge Dame
Hans SöhnkerBischof Ambroß
  
Production company:Roxy Film GmbH & Co. KG (München)
Producer:Luggi Waldleitner (Gesamtleitung)
Unit production manager:Johannes J. Frank
Location manager:Willy Schöne, Fritz Anton
Shoot:11.04.1960-14.05.1960: Wien, Jugoslawien, Venedig, Ufa-Ateliers Berlin-Tempelhof
Original distributor:Nora Filmverleih GmbH & Co. KG (München)
Funding:Bundesministerium des Innern (BMI), Bonn
Length:2838 m, 103 min
Format:35mm, 1:1,37
Picture/Sound:s/w, Ton
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 12.07.1960, 22839, ab 12 Jahre / feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung (AT): 02.09.1960, Wien, Forum;
Erstaufführung (DE): 19.09.1960, mehrere Städte der BRD

Titles

Originaltitel (DE) Schachnovelle

Versions

Original

Length:2838 m, 103 min
Format:35mm, 1:1,37
Picture/Sound:s/w, Ton
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 12.07.1960, 22839, ab 12 Jahre / feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung (AT): 02.09.1960, Wien, Forum;
Erstaufführung (DE): 19.09.1960, mehrere Städte der BRD