Fun Size Review: Chess Fever (1925)

What happens when there’s an entertainment craze sweeping the land and you’re the only one who doesn’t get it? That’s the plot of this charming, slightly mad Soviet comedy.

When her fiance doesn’t show up for their wedding, our heroine discovers that his addiction to chess is the cause. Then she realizes in horror that EVERYONE is hooked on the game. It’s a thoroughly modern look at addictions and gaming culture. Also, kittens. Lots of kittens. See it.


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

The couple breaks up. He throws away all his chess sets and she meets a champion chess player and gets addicted herself. The couple reunites at a chess tournament.

If it were a dessert it would be:
Death by Chocolate Cupcakes. Sometimes too much of a good thing is wonderful!

Read my full-length review here.

Availability: Released as a double feature with Bed and Sofa by Flicker Alley and with Earth and The End of St. Petersburg by Kino Lorber.



    Absolutely amazing jewel of russian comedy. A collage of doc and fiction..Capablanca in a nice role. Today you would say “faked”… but !!! :-)… for which I wrote a music for stringorchestra (+trumpet and trombone)

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