Fun Size Review: The Chess Player (1927)

Think genre mashups are a new invention? Think again! This French epic blends historical drama with science fiction and the results are pretty satisfying. You gets swords, ballrooms, puffy dresses and robots, what’s not to love?

Stylishly directed by Raymond Bernard and set in a Poland occupied by Russia, it tells the tale of some Polish patriots and their attempts to evade the enemy using automatons. If it sounds strange, I assure you that it is. Since when was “strange” a bad thing?


How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.

The heroes survive and a small army of robotic soldiers kill the main antagonist.

If it were a dessert it would be: Brookies. A mashup of popular elements (brownie and cookie) to create something uniquely tasty.

Read my full-size review here.

Availability: Released on DVD by Milestone.