Dangerous Moves

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Dangerous Moves
Dangerous Moves film poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Richard Dembo
Produced by Arthur Cohn
Martine Marignac
Written by Richard Dembo
Starring Michel Piccoli
Alexandre Arbatt
Liv Ullmann
Music by Gabriel Yared
Cinematography Raoul Coutard
Edited by Agnès Guillemot
Distributed by Gaumont
Release date
  • 25 April 1984 (1984-04-25)
Running time
110 minutes
Country France
Language French
Box office $2.5 million[1]

Dangerous Moves (French: La Diagonale du fou) is a 1984 French-language film about chess, directed by Richard Dembo, produced by Arthur Cohn, starring Michel Piccoli, Alexandre Arbatt, as well as Liv Ullmann, Leslie Caron, and Bernhard Wicki in prominent supporting roles.

Its original French title is La diagonale du fou ("The Fool's Diagonal", referring to the chess piece called the bishop in English but the fool in French). The film was a co-production between companies in France and Switzerland. It tells the story of two very different men competing in the final match of the World Chess Championship. One is a 52-year-old Soviet Jew who holds the title, and the other is a 35-year-old genius who defected to the West several years earlier.



The film won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1984;[2] it was submitted by the Swiss government, and gave that nation its first Oscar win. It also won the Louis Delluc Prize, the Prix de l'Académie du Cinéma and the César Award for Best Debut.


The CD soundtrack composed by Gabriel Yared is available on Music Box Records label (website).

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