Computer Chess

Directed by Andrew Bujalski

Synopsis

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 of 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.

Film Info

Release Year: 2013
Running Time: 92
Color Type: B&W
Country: U.S.
Language: English

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 of 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.

Cast

    Patrick Riester (Peter Bishton)
    Wiley Wiggins (Martin Beuscher)
    Myles Paige (Michael Papageorge)
    Robin Schwartz (Shelly Flintic)

Crew

  • Directed by Andrew Bujalski
  • Written by Andrew Bujalski
  • Produced by Houston King , Alex Lipschultz

Reviews

"...close to perfect." - Amy Taubin, Film Comment

"An extraordinarily inventive and richly textured period piece." - Richard Brody, The New Yorker

"... a funny, low-key look at nerd culture..." - Hugh Hart, Wired

"Computer Chess could be a new Doctor Strangelove. Hilarious and brilliant." - Nathan Renaud, Accréds

★★★★ "(A) rather brilliantly conceived study. ...About as perfect a rendering of the era as you could ask for...the acting is uniformlysuperb: every twitch, every stumble, every stutter is deployed with absolutely plausibility. Bujalski really has pulled off something extraordinary here... As an act of cultural archeology I can think of few better." - Andrew Pulver, The Guardian

"An endearingly nutty, proudly analog tribute to the ultra-nerdy innovators of yesteryear." - Justin Chang, Variety

"Funny and poignant, it's also a witty satire on technology and how today's cutting-edge will be tomorrow's quaint kitsch." - Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times

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Photos

  • Patrick Riester as Peter Bishton in Computer Chess, a film by Andrew Bujalski.
    • Wiley Wiggins as Martin Beuscher and Patrick Riester as Peter Bishton in COMPUTER CHESS, a film by Andrew Bujalski.
      • Andrew Bujalski, director of COMPUTER CHESS.