Computer Chess – Trailer

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Es gibt einen neuen Trailer zu Computer Chess (einen weiteren Trailer findet man hier), diesem superweirden, extrem nerdigen Schwarzweiß-Film über, naja, Computer-Schach eben. Der Film wurde auf 60s-Videokameras gedreht, handelt neben Schach auch von Diskussionspanels über Programmierstrategien, LSD und Philosophie. Unbedingt den Nerd-Corner auf der Website anschauen, da findet man auch einen Link zum Soundtrack, den man hier für 'nen Fünfer kaufen kann. Hab ich gemacht, lohnt sich, wenn man auf Analog-Synthie-Sounds steht…

Ich hab' den Film noch nicht gesehen, aber „artificially intelligent comedy“ klingt für mich nach einem definitiven Must Watch, werde ich asap nachholen. Hier der Plot:

Set over the course of a weekend tournament for chess software programmers thirty-some years ago, COMPUTER CHESS transports viewers to a nostalgic moment when the contest between technology and the human spirit seemed a little more up for grabs. We get to know the eccentric geniuses possessed with the vision to teach a metal box to defeat man, literally, at his own game, laying the groundwork for artificial intelligence as we know it and will come to know it in the future.

Wired schrieb vor einer Weile über den Film:

The weird factor is what makes the movie unique. First, it’s all shot on black-and-white video — using vintage Sony AVC 3260 tube-powered videocameras, to be precise. Filmmaker Andrew Bujalski, an Austin local who last directed the mumblecore film Beeswax, says he was urged by his friends to shoot on video. “I thought, ‘You want video? I’ll give you video, motherfuckers!’” The black-and-white tape cameras are relics of the late ’60s and early ’70s, and as a result, the movie feels much more like a few reels of long-lost footage than a fictional, low-budget period piece.

So, what happens over the four days of the computer chess tournament? That’s the other weird part. There are a lot of rambling philosophical conversations in hotel rooms. There’s a boring panel discussion about programming strategies. There’s some pill-popping and dope-smoking and possible LSD-dropping. There’s an attempt at a ménage à trios. There’s an encounter with a new-age couples therapy group. There’s the hope of young love. And of course, gobs of exciting rook-takes-pawn action.