James: Thanks for coming to the film. The film people would like feedback. Can you please review the film? How many points would you give the film out of 10? What are your general impressions of the film? Ginny
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At my blog, I have already posted my impressions of the film (Facts Sacrificed in "Pawn Sacrifice"). Because of the many factual errors, I would rate the film 9 out of 10. I really liked Pawn Sacrifice. It captured Bobby Fischer's genius while, at the same time, showing his psychological problems. Liev Schreiber gets a perfect 10 for his portrayal of Boris Spassky. A lower mark of 8 out of 10 goes to Tobey Maguire. His best scenes took place on stage during games one and six. His complaining to the referee about the camera noise and his incredulity at Spassky's leading the applause looked authentic. I felt as if I was watching the real Bobby Fischer. But the scene on the beach where he shouts at Spassky was overplayed and struck a false note. In all fairness, the role of Bobby Fischer would have been a difficult task for any actor.
Last night, Bruce Pandolfini [pictured] was one of the spectators at a private showing of Pawn Sacrifice, along with the likes of GM Andy Soltis, GM Irina Krush, IM Jay Bonin, IM Renato Naranja (who once drew against Bobby Fischer), and FM Asa Hoffmann.
According to the movie's credits, FM Richard Berube was the chess consultant for this film. At least, the kings and queens were set up on the right squares!
Among the many factual errors were these:
1) Paul Morphy did not kill himself;
2) Boris Spassky was not yet the world champion in 1966 at the Second Piatigorksy Cup;
3) Games 4 and 5 of the 1972 world championship match were not played in the ping pong room.
In spite of all this, I enjoyed the film. I will be surprised if Liev Schreiber does not get an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. His portrayal of Boris Spassky was spot on.
Although Bobby Fischer was taller, Tobey Maguire gave a credible performance in the lead role. His finest moments were on stage during game one (when Fischer lost his bishop) and game six (when Spassky stood up and clapped).
How well Pawn Sacrifice will do at the box office remains to be seen. It will be released in select theaters on September 16th.
"Amberley excelled at chess - one mark, Watson, of a scheming mind." - Sherlock Holmes
"I am still a victim of chess. It has all the beauty of art - and much more. It cannot be commercialized. Chess is much purer than art in its social position." - Marcel Duchamp
"My study of chess was accompanied by a strong attraction to music, and it was probably thanks to this that from childhood I became accustomed to thinking of chess as an art, and have never regarded it as anything else, for all the science and sport involved in it. And, moreover, an art which in some ways is closer to music than it is customary to think. Perhaps chess and music are drawn together by laws of harmony and beauty which are difficult to formulate and difficult to grasp, or perhaps by something else." - Vasily Smyslov