The Chess Players
An exhibition screening presented by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Saturday, December 11, 2010
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Blvd.
In this lavish color production, two traditional Muslim landlords in 1856 Lucknow are consumed with their games of chess (an Indian invention) while their musician-poet king, Wajid Ali Shah, is being targeted by the English East India Company for a take-over. Satyajit Ray, India's greatest filmmaker, takes a gently satiric approach to his depiction of this personal and historical situation while meeting the challenge, in his words, "of portraying two negative forces, feudalism and colonialism." Presented in conjunction with India's Fabled City: The Art of Courtly Lucknow, this is the US premiere of a new 35mm restoration by the Academy Film Archive.
Cost: $10 general admission. $7 museum members, seniors (62+), students with valid ID.
Buy tickets at the LACMA box office (tel. 323 857-6010) or online at: https://tx1.lacma.org/default.asp?cgCode=2&cgName=Film.