Die Schachnovelle (1960)

Genres - Drama, Thriller, War  |   Sub-Genres - War Drama  |   Run Time - 102 min.  |   Countries - USA, West Germany  |  
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In this psychological thriller an Austrian nobleman tries to stay sane in the face of Nazi torture during World War II. The story is told in flashback after the protagonist is seen at a chess tournament with a champion. He is thrown into jail after the Nazis overran Austria. When he is not being mentally tortured into revealing important secrets, the man is in solitary confinement. To stay sane, he conceals a chess book in his cell. The intricacies of the game help him concentrate. Unfortunately his valiant attempts fail and he breaks down.

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war, atrocity, book, brainwashing, champion, chess, confinement, disapproval, dropout, flashback, Germany, love, medical-student, mind, Nazism, nobility, sanity, secrets, stash, struggle, torture, war-atrocities