Detroit Film Theatre


COMPUTER CHESS

Friday, October 18, 2013

7:00 PM Detroit Film Theatre

(USA/2013–directed by Andrew Bujalski)

Critic Amy Taubin of Film Comment magazine describes Computer Chess as "bracingly idiosyncratic - and close to perfect. Set in the early 1980s in a nowheresville hotel hosting an annual artificial-intelligence chess competition (software programs operated by computer nerds compete at chess), the movie is part faux documentary and part hallucinatory coming-of-age sexual fantasy." With clunky computers the size of small cars, and eyewear of almost equal weight, these vintage geeks may be in the techno-vanguard, but they are hopeless when it comes to human relations. Writer-director Bujalski gives his story a charming and appropriately effective period look by shooting it with primitive early '70s video cameras. The result is what Justin Chang in Variety calls "an endearingly nutty, proudly analog tribute to the ultra-nerdy innovators of yesteryear. About as weird and singular as independent cinema gets." (92 min.)

"An extraordinarily inventive, richly textured period piece. Sharply perceptive." –Richard Brody, The New Yorker

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